February 23, 2018
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The Belfast Harbor Fest

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Belfast Harbor Fest

The Belfast Rotary Club is hosting its fourth annual Belfast Harbor Fest from August 16-18. Headlining the event is Belfast’s 6th National Boat Building Challenge.

The weekend kicks off Friday night at 6pm rain or shine with a Launch Party hosted by Marshall Wharf Brewing under a big tent on Steamboat Landing at the foot of Commercial Street. Gates open at 6pm and there will be live music from 7-11pm with a $10.00 cover charge. Food and drinks will also be for sale.

Saturday morning, from 7:30-10:30am, there will be a pancake and sausage breakfast inside the Boathouse for $5.00. Bug Run 5K Runners eat for FREE!

Registration for the Bug Run 5K will be located at the Boathouse and will be from 7:30-8:15am. The race begins at 8:30am.

The National Boatbuilding Challenge will be the main event on Saturday. The competition is from 10am until 2pm on Steamboat Landing. Materials will be provided and each two-person team will have up to four hours to construct a wooden skiff using their own tools and an official blueprint. The blueprint can be obtained in advance only after your registration is complete. At 4pm participants and their boats will compete in a relay race across the harbor. Spectators are welcome to watch the competition and there is no admission fee.

Come Boating!, Belfast’s community boating program, will host its 13th annual Rowing Regatta. It takes place throughout the Belfast Harbor Fest on Saturday. There are races for adults and youth with awards given in several classes. For more information, visit www.comeboating.org

There will be many exciting all-day events and live music with no admission fee throughout the day on Saturday. These include; the Classic Small Boat Show, Maritime Exhibits, and children’s activities. Food and merchandise vendors will also be participating!

On Sunday from noon until 3pm, Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County will be holding its Habitat Lobster Fest. Tickets for the fund raiser are $25.

And last but not least, on Sunday morning there will be a cardboard boat race taking off from Steamboat Landing! Last year’s initial event drew a large and vocal group of spectators and this year we expect many more entrants and excitement. For interested participants, there will be a Cardboard Boat Building School July 13th at 10:00 am at the Hutchinson Center.

For more information about the Belfast Harbor Fest, visit www.belfastharborfest.com