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Midcoast sports and recreation news, July 7, 2011

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Mail: The Beacon, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402

Walks, hikes, paddles

UNION, Maine — Vose Library will host another presentation regarding the St. George River watershed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the new library building, 392 Common Road. Jay Astle, stewardship program manager with Georges River Land Trust, and Peter Duffey of Union, a volunteer with the trust, will identify and describe  favorite walks, hikes and paddles in the mid-river watershed. The talk will focus on sites that are not so well known to the public, and well worth discovering. For more information, call Vose Library at 785-4733.

Boat-building Challenge

BELFAST, Maine — The National Boat-building Challenge will return to Belfast on Saturday, Aug.

20, during the Belfast Harbor Fest, sponsored by the Belfast Rotary Club. The competition was deemed a success in Belfast in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and has been held in South Carolina for the past 21 years.

The challenge involves two-person teams building a 12-foot wooden skiff in under four hours, followed by a rowing race. Teams are judged on how quickly they complete construction, the quality of the craftsmanship and their speed on the water in the two-man relay rowing race.

For the $150 entry fee, each team receives plans and building materials, a workspace and competes for a $300 first place prize, $150 for second place and a $50 gift certificate for third place. Teams provide their own tools, worktables and oars, which can be made beforehand.

The competition will begin at 10 a.m. at Steamboat Landing in Belfast. Admission to the festival is free. Organizers said the National Boatbuilding Challenge is fun to watch.

For more information or to register, visit or call David Crabiel at 322-5805.

The Belfast Harbor Fest is a weekend-long event celebrating all things marine related. Friday night there is a “Launch Party” to kick off the festival with music, food and locally-brewed beer. In addition to the boat-building challenge, Saturday will feature a 5K race, pancake breakfast, a children’s area and a classic boat show. Nautical-related vendors and exhibitors will display their wares and give demonstrations on various crafts and trades.

A Habitat Lobster Gala will be held noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $25 for the fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County and may be obtained by calling the office at 338-2344.

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