Top 20 Event in the Southeast

For the sixth year in a row, the Annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society. The organization recently announced their top events for May 2020, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum’s 46th Annual Wooden Boat Show was selected as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast.”

The North Carolina Maritime Museum once again received the prestigious honor for the Annual Wooden Boat Show, the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast.

The best events across the Southeast compete to receive the Top 20 Events designation from the Southeast Tourism Society. Through a nomination process, the organization chooses the Top 20 events in the Southeast for each month of the year and publishes this list of winners quarterly. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and the Southeast Tourism Society publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: and Travel Media Press Room.

The Annual Wooden Boat Show celebrates the art of North Carolina boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display and activities will be available for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual show will host a number of exhibitors including Our State magazine. The widely popular magazine celebrates all things North Carolina.

“For 35 years, STS has been spotlighting the best festivals and events in the Southeast with our Top 20 Festival and Events program.  Our goal is to highlight the efforts of devoted event organizers and provide additional media exposure and accolades for their events,” said Monica Smith, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.  “The Southeast offers so many unique, year-round, opportunities for tourists and festival-goers to create memories and support the tourism industry-–a vital economic generator for communities.”

Selection as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event is a validation of an event’s quality and a distinction that events use effectively in their marketing and publicity.

“We are proud to once again be recognized regionally by such a prestigious organization and thrilled to bring you one of the best events in the south,” Joseph K. Schwarzer, director of the North Carolina Maritime Museums, said.

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. Nomination forms and deadlines are available at or by calling 770-542-1523.

Southeast Tourism Society, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Rosewell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum is located at 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. For more information, call 252-504-7740 or visit

About the Southeast Tourism Society

On September 14, 1983, a small group of travel and tourism industry leaders from the Southeast organized a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism throughout the region. Those charter members shared a mutual belief that regional promotion through partnership between states would create a powerful marketing alliance unparalleled in the nation. Joining to make this dream a reality, they created STS.

Decades later, their vision has been validated because the Southeast Tourism Society has established itself as a leader among other travel organizations nationwide. STS members recognize the vast number of attractions, sporting events, history, scenic beauty and cultural icons found within the Southeast and work together to unite the strengths and resources of the region.