April 1st to October 31st, 2023
'City of Dresden' Shipwreck
Local Spending Challenge
Win BIG when you
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Bootleg Legends of the
"City of Dresden"
Shipwrecks have been a defining part of Long Points History and there are many legends and lore that surround the Shipwrecks of Lake Erie. It has been 101 years since one of the biggest parties in Long Point took place on November 18th, 1922.
The Bootlegging Ship named ‘The City of Dresden’ ran into an unexpected storm near the Bluffs just off of the Tip of Long Point and after navigating the changing winds the wooden boat crashed on the rocks near Houghton casting a reported 500 kegs and 1000 bottles of Illegal Old Crow Whiskey into Lake Erie. This whiskey quickly washed up on the shores of Long Point Beach where the locals began a 2 day party and a Hunt for the Bootleg Booty!
There are many tales about this event including people of Port Rowan cutting the phone lines so the police in Simcoe could not be contacted in a time of alcohol prohibition, the lighthouse keeper burying kegs along the beach and even a farmer hiding whiskey bottles from police in his barns eavestroughs. Follow along this year as we celebrate the shipwreck legend of the 'City of Dresden' and the Night the Whiskey Ship Ran Aground'!
The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting 2 events this year and 2 Draws to Win Big Prizes.
The ‘Bootleg Blitz’ and the ‘Hunt for the 'Bootleg Booty’
Enter to WIN each time you support a local business by submitting receipt. All of the information on the events and how to enter the draws are below.
Please keep an eye on our social media pages and the Port Rowan Good News for updates on these events!
August 5th, 2023
Join in for an afternoon of Live Music, Local Food & Drink Vendors and Win Prizes !
This is a Free Event for all ages - Bring your friends, family and lawn chairs.
Enter to Win the 'Bootleg Blitz Grand Prize Draw' for a $1000.00 Gift Card to any Chamber of Commerce business when you spend Locally.
Receipts can be accumulated to reach $500.00 or 1 receipt for any amount over $500.00 can be used to enter.
Location: To Be Announced
Long Point Country
November 18th, 2023
Hunt for the Bootleg Booty
Just like the Night the 'The City of Dresden' Whiskey Ship Sank- There's going to be a Treasure Hunt in Long Point Country!
9 Lucky People will be drawn to participate in the 'Hunt for the Bootleg Booty'. These winners will search and find Hidden Treasure on the trails at Bird Studies Canada and all take home big prizes!
Join us on November 18th to Celebrate 101 years of Bootleg Legends and Cheer on the winners as they search for their very own Bootleg Booty!
Entry Details are Below!
The Hunt is ON!
Location: Bird Studies Canada
115 Front Rd, Port Rowan
Will you Accept the Challenge?
Save your receipts and submit them to WIN BIG !
The Long Point Country Chamber of Commerce challenges everyone to shop local this year and enter the 'Bootleg Blitz' Draw OR ‘Hunt for the Bootleg Booty’!
We are implementing a Local Spending Challenge and rewarding our community members who choose to support local businesses. Each time you support a Chamber of Commerce Business you can redeem your receipts for entry to win.
This contest includes ALL Chamber of Commerce businesses!
Receipt from Services, Shops, Restaurants, Landscaping, Accommodations, Camping, Activities and Charters may be redeemed for entry.
Receipts can be accumulated and submitted from April 1st until July 31st (Bootleg Blitz) and April 1st to October 31st, 2023 (Hunt for the Bootleg Booty). There is no limit on entry, each receipt can only be submitted once.
A full list of participating businesses is available on the 2023 Members Page.
Receipts can be redeemed Online (Below) or In Person from Monday to Friday during regular business hours at the following businesses.
Apil 28th to October 15th
Trillium Court RV Center
1532 Highway 59, Port Rowan
October 15th to October 31st
Starks Golf Course
60 Dedrick Rd, Port Rowan