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Event Date: August 29th- August 31st, 2014

 

Harbor Days Maritime Festival & Tugboat Races, Olympia, WA, August 29th-31st

 

Lenny Lekanoff, the tough deckhand from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” will be a special guest aboard the tug Galene, where you can also meet the oldest crew member aboard — well into his 90s and going strong.

 

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Olympia, Washington, July 30, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - For four decades, Olympia has celebrated its long maritime heritage — and the big-shouldered working boats that made it happen — with the Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tug Boat Races.  The 41st annual festival, August 29th- August 31st, fills the weekend with a fascinating mix of seafaring, food and fun.
 
As many as fifteen vintage and modern tugs are expected to participate, and most will be open for tours at Percival Landing all day Saturday, August 30th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On Sunday at noon you can watch the procession, as the tugs get underway for the big race up Budd Inlet.
 
All weekend long, enjoy live entertainment and over 250  arts and crafts, commercial, and nonprofits booths. See the “Tiny Cabin” craze at Lopka Logs.  Taste cuisine in the food court from around the world and locally. The Chehalis Tribe’s Lucky Eagle Casino will be preparing Pacific salmon in the traditional tribal way, using alder wood and hot rocks.
 
Lenny Lekanoff, the tough deckhand from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” will be a special guest aboard the tug Galene, where you can also meet the oldest crew member aboard — well into his 90s and going strong. Cummins NW, one of the leaders in marine engines will be on hand.

 

This year, Harbor Days also celebrates Tacoma Rail’s long history with the Port of Olympia and combined working relations with tugs. It’s Tacoma Rail’s Centennial Celebration at Port Plaza. See a live engine and caboose at Port Plaza by Anthony’s restaurant. You can tour a real working train.
 
Kitsap Live Steamers will be joining in, with over 100 feet of track and a small train you can ride. There will be lots of other activities for the kids, too: a giant slide, trampolines, trains, model tugs (viewing only), and much more.

 

 

 

Each year Harbor Days honors one tugboat, and its silhouette becomes the centerpiece of the festival’s logo.  This year’s logo tug is the Reliable, a former Army tug built in 1945 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin as ST-908.  It’s been through several names and several owners, and its still hard at work.  It’s been a harbor tug for the Army, an oceanographic research vessel, a gill-netter, and now a tug again.  Skipper Cliff Center gave Reliable a major overhaul in 2006, including sandblasting, new fantail steel, bow thruster, new accommodations, head, shower and galley. She has worked for the navy at Bangor, Bremerton, Everett and Indian Island towing port security barriers between bases and to Port Gamble for haul out and maintenance. A few weeks each year, she gets a vacation hauling Cliff and his wife, Wanda, to the San Juan Islands and Canada.
 
The Reliable is one of the many tugs that will be open for tours all day Saturday.
 
Olympia Federal Savings offers financial and staff support for the event.
The festival is brought to you by the Olympia Kiwanis www.olympiakiwanis.org.
 
This is a free festival for all to enjoy. Donations are accepted. The festival is solely sustained by the generosity of the sponsors and the public at large. All monies given beyond festival sustainability go to the Olympia Kiwanis. Donations are used for social programs to help the community and kids. To donate mail your support to: Harbor Days Donation, PO Box 2351, Olympia, WA 98507.

 

The event takes place at Percival Landing, 405 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA. Event times are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 29; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 30 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 31. For more festival information go to www.harbordays.com.

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Harbor Days Maritime Festival & Tugboat Races

PO Box 2351, Olympia, Washington, 98501

Web: www.harbordays.com

 

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Washington, Olympia, Event Date: August 29th- August 31st

Harbor Days Maritime Festival & Tugboat Races, Olympia, WA, August 29th-31st

For four decades, Olympia has celebrated its long maritime heritage — and the big-shouldered working boats that made it happen — with the Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tug Boat Races.  The 41st annual festival, August 29th- August 31st, fills the weekend with a fascinating mix of seafaring, food and fun. As many as fifteen vintage and modern tugs are expected to participate, and most will be open for tours at Percival Landing all day Saturday, August 30th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On Sunday at noon you can watch the procession, as the tugs get underway for the big race up Budd Inlet.  All weekend long, enjoy live entertainment and over 250  arts and crafts, commercial, and nonprofits booths. Lenny Lekanoff, the tough deckhand from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” will be a special guest aboard the tug Galene, where you can also meet the oldest crew member aboard — well into his 90s and going strong. This is a free festival for all to enjoy. Donations are accepted. The event takes place at Percival Landing, 405 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA. Event times are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 29; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 30 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 31. For more festival information go to www.harbordays.com

 

 


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