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      Canoe lovers display handmade goods to public

      Dozens of canoe lovers came to Marquette Saturday for a mini assembly of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association.

      The U.P. chapter of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association invited members and non-members to display or sell their canoes at Lower Harbor. There were a variety of canoes, all of which were hand built. T he mini assembly also included demonstrations on caning, basket-making, and covering a boat with canvas.

      The event is supposed to be both social and educational.

      "Weather is wonderful, we've got some shade tents if some people are afraid of the sun, so we've got some nice shady areas and it's just been a wonderful display of canoes and already a nice turnout of the public," said Judy Kitchen, a co-organizer.

      The day ended with a pasty picnic and a sunset parade of canoes at Presque Isle Park.