BELFAST, Maine — The National Boatbuilding Challenge will be held as part of the Belfast Harbor Fest Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-19. In the Challenge, teams of two have four hours to build a 12-foot wooden skiff. They then get into the water and compete in a relay race in Belfast Bay. Boats are judged on time to finish, quality of construction and speed in the water. Spectators may watch the competition and to cheer on their favorite carpenters.
For information, visit www.BelfastHarborFest.com or call David Crabiel at 322-5805. The entry fee is $150 to cover the cost of boat materials. Opportunities for sponsorships are available.
The Belfast Harbor Fest will begin at 6 p.m. Friday night with a launch party sponsored by Marshall Wharf Brewery. A Severe Joy will play at 7 p.m. followed by the Toughcats at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge for the launch party.
On Saturday, events will include a 5K road race, a blueberry pancake breakfast, the National Boatbuilding Challenge, a Classic Small Boat Show, children’s activities, a climbing wall, Come Boating’s 12th annual Regatta, exhibits and vendors and live music. The cost of the breakfast is $4, but otherwise admission on Saturday is free.
On Sunday, a cardboard canoe race is planned for 10 a.m. and Habitat of Humanity of Waldo County will hold a Habitat Lobster Gala fundraiser noon-3 p.m. Tickets for lobster or steak, clams, corn on the cob, chips and homemade pies are $25 each. The award-winning Blues Band, Juke Rockets, will perform while people are eating. Tickets are available by calling the Habitat office at 338-2344, from board members or at the Mailloux and Marden Law Offices on High Street in Belfast.
The Belfast Harbor Fest is sponsored by the Belfast Rotary Club.