CAMDEN, Maine — This coming Labor Day weekend’s Windjammer Festival in Camden is more than boats, fireworks, entertainment, maritime heritage, pancakes and chowder. For those looking for interactive challenges, Camden’s Public Landing and harbor play host to a variety of activities to entertain and engage everyone.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, teams are invited to enter the Build-a-Boat contest, which begins at 9 a.m. The Build-a-Boat contest pits 12 teams in a race to build the most seaworthy vessel out of materials supplied by EBS and Sikaflex. Building will take place on the Public Landing (although captains and crews can take their vessels home for “cosmetic surgery” Saturday night), and the boats will be put through their paces with a race across the harbor at 2 p.m. Sunday. Entry forms and rules can be found at http://www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com/download. Enter soon as space is going fast.
Also on Saturday, kids and teens can enter the festival crate race at 2 p.m., on the Public Landing. Test your speed and dexterity across slippery lobster crates in the inner harbor. Bring sensible shoes, a towel and a big helping of luck. More information, rules and forms can be found here: http://www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com/download.
On Sunday afternoon, boats of all shapes and sizes are invited to be part of the ad-hoc boat parade that gets under way at 4 p.m. Fill out a form and grab a parade number at either the harbor master’s building or at Wayfarer Marine anytime before or during the parade. Then meet up at Green Can No. 7 near Curtis
Island by 4 p.m. Sunday and prepare to be feted as you slowly circuit the harbor.
Throughout the weekend there will be plenty of chances to join the fun or learn new things: from model boat building to blacksmithing, from how to catch lobsters to cooking on board; from traditional boat making skills to rowing a gig. For information on everything windjammer — fireworks, entertainment, pancakes and chowder, music, maritime heritage and the schooner fleet — visit www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com.