Drayton Harbor Days to include old and new traditions

Published on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 by Anna Atkinson

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It’s time to celebrate Blaine’s marine heritage with a family-fun-packed festival the first weekend in August.

Drayton Harbor Days takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, at Blaine Harbor Boating Center and will be filled with family and children’s marine themed activities both days.

On both days, arts and crafts and food vendors will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you want to get out on the water, the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain will provide adventure sails and evening sails from noon to 5 p.m. for $39 and walk-on tours all day for $3. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at historicalseaport.org. Also hop aboard the historic Plover Ferry, which will run from noon to 8 p.m.

Games for children will be held at the Blaine Harbor Boating Center. For the first time, there will be a model steamboat race.  These races will run all day and feature miniature steel boats that actually run on steam. Also at the center, model boats will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday-only activities begin with a pancake breakfast at the Blaine Senior Center from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast costs $6 for adults and $4 for children.

Live music will be performed by JP Falcon at 10 a.m., Sanoma at noon and the Marketeers at 2 p.m.

The Kids’ Pirate Daze will give children ages 7 to 12 an opportunity to create a pirate costume, tour the tall ship and hunt for treasure. Preregistration is required through Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 and costs $10. Pirate Daze will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Blaine Marine Park.

Children and adults who took West Marine Community sailing school class can participate in a regatta, which will start at 11 a.m.

The Prestigious George Raft Race will be held at 1 p.m. at the boat launch. Contestants will paddle to the Blaine Boating Center.

This historic race gives participants the opportunity to build a vessel out of any household item, so everyone can participate regardless of how much money they can spend on the event, said Richard Sturgill, founding director of Drayton Harbor Maritime.

Pirate costume contest judging for children and adults will take place at 2 p.m. at the Blaine Harbor Boating Center.

Saturday’s festivities will end with the Family Outdoor Movie Night, featuring the 1950s film adaptation of “Treasure Island,” the classic pirate movie. The movie will begin at 9 p.m. at Blaine Marine Park, weather permitting.

On Sunday, a scavenger hunt for children will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clues and directions can be picked up at the information booth set up by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce.

There is even an event for everyone’s favorite furry friends. The 3rd annual pet contest will be held at 1 p.m. at the Blaine Harbor Boating Center.

For more information, visit blainechamber.com or call 360/332-4544.