MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019 Wrap Up
First published on February 20, 2019
This year, MyState Bank again had the pleasure of being the naming rights sponsor of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, run biennially in Hobart.
Over the course of an action packed 4 days in February, an estimated 200,000 people flocked to Hobart to check out the 500 or more boats in the festival, spanning 1.3 kilometers of the capital’s scenic waterfront. Wooden boats weren’t the only ones on show - Australia’s largest collection of boats in bottles was also on display at the Mac 2 Centre.
The event is now an unmissable milestone on the Tasmanian calendar with more than half of festival visitors coming from outside of the state injecting over $30 million into the Tasmanian economy. Hotels from Campbell Town right through to Kingston were booked out by boat enthusiasts for the duration of the event.
This year, the guest nation was the United States, who sent through 2 forty foot shipping containers full of boats, as well as 35 team members. Many of the US team spent their time in the southern sea-side town of Franklin, handcrafting 2 sailing boats out of Tasmanian timber. One of these boats was auctioned at the festival and went for an impressive $28,500 which will go towards funding the next festival’s boating project. The second boat has been donated to the local Franklin community as a thank you to the Franklin Boat Centre.
MyState Bank provided a wealth of entertainment for the kids with a specialist balloon artist, face painting and free pirate hats for the youngens (and the oldens too!). We also kept everyone refreshed, hydrated and safe from the sun with our new Rejuvenation Stations located around the festival. A big thank you to the 30 MyState Bank volunteers who gave up their long weekend to help us out.
We’re looking forward to the next AWBF in February, 2021. See you there!