From Vision to Reality – Lowell Showboat VI

The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce the Lowell Showboat Committee Members to the Greater Lowell Community and our goals.

Co-Chairs Mark and Theresa Mundt – “We are excited to be part of the effort to replace the old showboat with an all-new and repurposed boat that will continue to serve as a community icon for years to come.”

Honorary Chair Carolyn Jane Blough – “At first I wasn’t very excited, I was sad to see the old boat be gone. My hope now is for Lowell Showboat VI to carry on the legacy as a new chapter opens in Lowell’s Showboat history.”

Committee Members – Liz Baker, Carol Briggs, Tina & David Cadwallader, Bryleigh Cook, Jim & Chris Hodges, Teresa Hoffman, Jon Jacobs, April McClure, Carol McGregor, Nancy Raymor and Jim Salzwedel.

The fundraising committee has been meeting over the past four weeks, creating, and organizing the fundraising efforts. Committee members are just beginning to present the facts and naming opportunities available to businesses and individuals. “Our goal is to raise $798,000 to finish Lowell Showboat VI as planned and designed,” said Liz Baker, Executive Director of Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. Larger naming opportunities include items like the 1st, 2nd and Sun Deck, Paddle Wheel, Pilot House, and Grand Staircase. Smaller opportunities include the Smokestacks, Bar, Seating and Tables. The naming opportunities start at $100,000 and go down to $2,500.

The public phase of fundraising will come after we have secured local grants and naming opportunities. We are looking at various options for the public to be involved. Some of our ideas include selling bricks–large and small–along the Riverwalk in front of Lowell Showboat VI. We are confident that there will be a means for all to share in this community effort “From Vision to Reality – Lowell Showboat VI”. For further information or to learn how you can contribute, contact the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

About Lowell Showboat

The Lowell Showboat has been an historical icon of the Greater Lowell Community since 1931, serving as a catalyst in bringing the residents of our town and surrounding area together. After five showboat structures, we are about to launch Lowell Showboat VI into the waters of the Flat River.

Much nostalgia and happy memories surround the former boats. Many people reminisce about attending shows with popular headliners, singing in the chorus or being one of the end men. Some also remember running the several outboard motors that allowed the boat to travel down the Flat River, around Cattail Bend to the showboat dock each summer.

Still others remember using the boat as a unique high school graduation backdrop or sitting at Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts, with the boat behind our weekly performers as well as Santa Visits on the Lowell Showboat.

With the continual deterioration which resulted in closing the wooden structure of boat five to the public, a group of concerned citizens, under the direction of the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, began plans to raise money in order to create a steel structure “that would represent the long, proud history of the Lowell Showboat and last a very long time,” as quoted by one of the members of the Showboat Committee. The committee’s vision went beyond having a solid replacement of this community icon, to being able to offer a venue for community gatherings, which is currently much needed in our area.