Windjammer Festival to feature parades, family acitivities

Posted May 31, 2011, at 5:08 p.m.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — The 49th annual Windjammer Days Festival will be held June 21-22.  Admission to festival activities is free, and the community offers a free shuttle service for attendees.

Windjammer Committee co-chairwoman and Boothbay Harbor resident Susan Clough said of the event, “This year’s Windjammer Festival is going to be sensational. We hope you’ll be able to join the vibrant Boothbay Region community in celebrating its maritime history and the magic of windjammers with two days of street and boat parades, music, Maine’s famous culinary delights, programs and activities for all ages, and a spectacular fireworks finale over the harbor.”

The annual Windjammer Days Festival is made possible through the work of an all-volunteer committee, the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce and sponsors. The festival celebrates a time when sailing ships were the best way to travel the world or transport goods long distances. Windjammers were the grandest of the merchant ships from the era, enormous sailing boats with several large masts designed to carry massive loads of cargo from one continent to another. For centuries, the Boothbay Harbor Region was a center of American shipping and shipbuilding, its harbor graced by elegant windjammers as well as other commercial and pleasure ships.

For more information about the Boothbay Windjammer Days Festival, call the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce at 633-2353 or visit  http://www.boothbayharbor.com/.

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