ROCKLAND — The Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show is a place for dreamers, according to John Hanson, publisher of Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors magazine, which hosts the event in Rockland’s Harbor Park on Aug. 13-15.
“You don’t have to own boats or homes to dream of boats and homes,” Hanson said. “You can come in here for $12 and feed your dreams all winter long. That’s the first part of anything: thinking and dreaming.”
Of course, there will be plenty of offerings for boat owners and homeowners, too.
New to the show this year is an exhibit about the evolution of the working lobster boat. That exhibit will feature about 20 boats on land and in the harbor. Also new is a lecture on “Sea Glass of Maine” by diver Rick Carney. Carney is a treasure hunter who scours the ocean floor for glass and pottery fragments that he then uses to make jewelry.
The show will display about 300 exhibitors and about 100 boats.
“It is an unbelievable collection of the talent of Maine,” Hanson said. “If you tried to see all these companies, it would take you all summer to go up and down the peninsulas.”
The event usually attracts 10,000 people to Rockland’s park.
Hanson is a self-proclaimed boat freak, but the book vendors are one of his favorite parts of the show.
“We have a couple of antique book vendors. I love old books. I can usually be found there,” he said.
The Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials are just plain silly, show manager Leila Murphy said, and fun.
“It is our least serious event, so anything goes,” Murphy said of the event that brings people out to the Rockland docks.
Dogs — or their owners — have to write in and ask to be selected to compete. This year six were chosen, including defending champion Pancho Villa of Camden.
The canine entrants this year hail from Camden, Rockport, Port Clyde, Bath, Brooksville and Great Diamond Island.
The dog trials have three rules: Either the dog or handler must finish completely soaked, cheating is not only tolerated, but encouraged and there are no other rules.
“The dog from Port Clyde wrote in that he will not get wet,” Murphy said.
For more information about the show, visit maineboats.com/boatshow. Tickets are $12. Children get in free. No pets except the six dogs who will fight for the boatyard championship are allowed on the show grounds.