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Pirates Invade Fort Knox Saturday

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, at 10:53 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:48 p.m.
Scene of Fort Knox Pirate Day-2012
Scene of Fort Knox Pirate Day-2012

(Prospect) The Friends of Fort Knox are sponsoring their annual “Pirate Day” at the Fort Knox State Historic Site, Prospect, Saturday, August 17, from 10 AM until 4 PM. In addition, the professional pirates of the Dark Rose and their vaunted ship the “Must Roos” will be plying the waters of the Penobscot River, letting loose cannon fire at the pirate cannon battery at the Fort.

This is the ideal event for all those who have harbored a secret desire to be a pirate. Those wishing to participate in this event are asked to don their best pirate costume and practice pirate speech and accent. The pirates will engage in a cannon firing demonstrations, sword fighting, gunplay and creating general mayhem.

The Friend’s “Pirate Day” will feature several contests to include best sounding pirate, best-dressed pirate, a pirate parade and a treasure hunt. The schedule for “Pirate Day” contests follows:

11:00 Captain Crudbeard’s Cannon Shooting Lesson

- Noon- Pirate Parade and Costume Contest

1:00 pm Pirate Ship Attack with Cannons, Flintlocks, and Cutlasses in front of the Fort

1:45 pm Talk Like a Pirate Contest

2:15 pm Treasure Hunt

3:00 pm Pirate Weapons Demonstration with grappelling hooks, pikes, boarding axes, whips, swords, pistols, and blunderbuss.

Those planning to attend the event are encouraged to form car-pools as there is limited public parking at the Fort. Visitors may want to bring a picnic, as there will be no food other than snacks in the gift shop. An event donation of $3 per person is requested above the regular Fort admission fee to cover the cost of hiring the pirates.

Following Pirate Day, join the East Coast Ghost Trackers on a guided tour of Fort Knox, 8 PM and 9:30 PM, in search of ghosts and paranormal phenomena. There will be hourly tours and limited capacity. Minimum age is 12. Advanced reservations and pre-payment required. Please bring a flashlight to this event. Those interested in going on a ghost tour should contact the Friends of Fort Knox at 469-6553. The cost of the tour is $15 per person. Note: Tickets are non-refundable.

The Friends of Fort Knox is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Fort Knox and enhancing its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine. The Friends manage Fort Knox on behalf of the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands on behalf of all the people of Maine. For more information about the Friends and other special events go to their web site at fortknox.maineguide.com

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