BTWBS Press Release

Wooden boat owners and enthusiasts will gather along historic and scenic Bayou Teche in downtown Franklin, Louisiana for the seventh Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show set for April 21-23.

This year’s show is the seventh event. The 2015 BTWB would have been the sixth, but severe weather prompted cancellation. It was then held in 2016.

“It’s an idea that grew out of a breakfast table discussion at a local diner and has taken on a life of its own,” said co-organizer Roger Stouff. “We’re truly astounded at the growth and participation.”

Stouff, Gary Blum and Larry Couvillier began with 12 boats, half of which belonged to themselves, and the rest from both local residents and owners outside of St. Mary Parish. By the fifth show participation had quadrupled, with boat owners from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama and more in attendance.

The BTWBS has become one of the fastest-growing venues for wooden vessels both antique and modern in the Southeast, but has managed to remain a laid-back event held in conjunction with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival, both set along Parc sur la Teche in Franklin. “There’s nothing else like it,” Stouff said. “Gary, Larry and I started all this to share our love of wooden watercraft with this community, people who might never have seen these vessels and their outstanding craftsmanship. We’ve succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.”

Past shows have featured hand-crafted Cajun skiffs and bateaus of cypress, wooden sailboats, classic Chris Craft, Garwood, Correct Craft, Lyman and Thompson runabouts, cypress pirogues and dugouts as well as many other varieties of boats from various regions of the United States and abroad. “It’s astounding to see the variety,” Stouff said. “It really makes you realize how much the history of much of the world has been molded by vessels made of wood, far longer than boats and ship have been constructed of any other material.”

The show begins Friday, April 21, at 5 p.m. and continues through Sunday at about noon. Saturday is typically the best day to see the most boats, as many of our out-of-town and out-of-state guests arrive Friday afternoon and depart Sunday morning.

Bayou Teche has recently been named an America’s Scenic Byway and part of the National Park Service Water Trails System.

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The Seventh Annual Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show, April 21-23, 2017

The show is set for April 21-23, 2017. We will be at Parc sur la Teche, Teche Drive, in Franklin, Louisiana.

For our participants: All wooden boats are welcome! There is no entry fee, no show fee, no dock fee. Entry is absolutely free. Please let us know if you are coming and how many in your group so we can plan accordingly. Email and also let us know if you prefer to display on the bank or in the water.

For our visitors: While the show opens Friday at 5 p.m. or so, the best time to visit and see the most boats is Saturday afternoon. The show does continue Sunday, but many of our guests are from far away and depart in the morning. Of course, you can come all three days, too.

More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available. Hope to see everyone there!

BTWBS gets floating dock

Over 100 feet of floating dock is being installed this morning on Bayou Teche at the location of the Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show. Joe Dubois of EZ Dock Gulf Coast and his crew will have the dock finished by the end of today. We thank Sen. Bret Allain and Rep. Sam Jones for securing state funding for this much-needed project, and the cooperation of St. Mary Parish Government and the City of Franklin in helping bring the project to fruition.floating docks

BTWBS No. 6 Reboot!

Well, the Good Lord willin’ and the crick don’t rise, we’re going to try to pull off a boat show again this April! Dates are 15-17, same place, same times.
As usual, there are no entry or space fees to enter, but please reply to me to let me know if you’re coming and how many in your party. We are beginning the planning stages, and it’s always good to have a head count in advance.
Also, I had to attempt to rebuild my email list from scratch after a hard drive crash, so if there’s anybody you notice I missed, please let them know. My new address is, but the will work for a few more months, so it’s better to update it in your email program.
More good news: We received a state grant for floating docks. If all goes according to plan, we should have a little more than 100 feet of floating dock installed by show time…however, the wheels of government churn slowly, so keep your fingers crossed.
I’ll send more updates as they are available, and also keep your fingers crossed for better weather than last year.
Best regards,
Roger Stouff

Where it stands now…

Given that the weather forecast 5-10 days out keeps changing practically every minute, we do not feel comfortable trying to schedule a show only to have to pull the plug again. We had hoped to do something in the next 2-3 weeks, but it just doesn’t seem likely.
As of now, our hope is to wait for when/if the rainy season subsides and we can start getting more reliable indications of the weather. If that occurs before it gets unbearably hot, we will try to set a date. Even then it’ll be dicey, as we’d have to decide at least two weeks out to let everyone make plans to attend if they can.
If none of that works out, we’ll shoot for something in the fall, and if none of that plays out, we’ll shoot for 2016!
Thank you all for your patience. The rain that fell last Friday night in Franklin was over 5 inches, and it was far worse east and west of us, where folks would have been traveling to try to reach us. We know we made the right call, unpleasant as it was.
We will be in touch.

The show is off

Everyone, the weather is just not going to allow us to continue. The Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show is off for this weekend.
We are considering another date to try again in the next few weeks. A lot of things will have to fall into place for that to happen, but we promise to keep you posted.
PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS in case I don’t reach everyone.
Thank you for your patience and support!

Decision on fate of the show tomorrow morning

Folks, things are not much better. As of Wednesday at 3 p.m. I am showing 80% Friday, 70% Saturday and 60% Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, and that’s the best forecast I can find! The Weather Channel says 60/100/40, and Intellicast says the same.
If that’s not bad enough, I find 100% for New Orleans area Friday and Saturday and 80% Sunday. Our friends to the west will see 90/60/20 over the three days, and to the north, Alexandria, La. is 80/80/20 over three days.
I intend to make a final decision tomorrow morning, early, before noon at the very latest. Unless there is a dramatic change in the forecast, it’s very likely we will not hold the sixth show.
We are in discussions about rescheduling if this does happen, but those discussions are too early to reveal much in the way of concrete plans.
So bear with us, please, and watch your email, the website and our Facebook page for the final word on the subject Thursday morning.
Best regards and as always thank you for your support of the BTWBS,
Roger Stouff