Windjammer Days Festival in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Celebrates 55 Years of Shipbuilding History

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The Festival will take place June 25 to July 1, with twelve windjammers entering Boothbay Harbor under full sail during the Parade of Sail on Wednesday, June 28.

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“The community gets together to make this happen,” said Dianne Gimbel of Friends of Windjammer Days, the group that organizes the festival.

This year’s Windjammer Days Festival will be a family-friendly celebration highlighting the shipbuilding heritage of Boothbay Harbor, and will feature activities for all age groups.

The Festival will take place June 25 to July 1, with twelve windjammers entering Boothbay Harbor under full sail during the Parade of Sail on Wednesday, June 28.

Windjammer Days is the first major event of the tourist season, and it represents both a chance for visitors to enjoy what this seaside community has to offer and the opportunity for businesses to benefit from the crowds. The crowds over the week number in the tens of thousands.

“The community gets together to make this happen,” said Dianne Gimbel of Friends of Windjammer Days, the group that organizes the festival. “Most of the events are free and open to the public and the businesses here really get excited to welcome everyone to the harbor once again and begin another summer season. We are grateful to all of the local businesses and other supporters whose donations make the entertainment, activities and transportation a reality.”

Gimbel invited businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring or volunteering to call the Friends of Windjammer Days at 207-504-0242 or visit the festival Website at http://www.windjammerdays.org.

Windjammer Days 2017 will feature events for people of all ages. The popular cross-harbor Tug-of-War will return. Also this year, visitors can take in the Cod Fish Relays, lobster-eating and oyster-shucking fun, the lighted evening boat parade, and food booths featuring delicious selections from local restaurants. Many classic events are returning including the Blessing of the Fleet, the home town Street Parade, Antique Boat Parade, Artists' Alley (now at the Fire Station), waterfront concerts, Pirates of the Dark Rose weapons demonstration, museum exhibits, kids’ tents, pancake breakfast, boat excursions, and a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor.

The schedule of events for 2017 Windjammer Days is posted on http://www.windjammerdays.org. Information can also be found at the “Friends of Windjammer Days” Facebook page.

Windjammer Days 2017 is presented by the Friends of Windjammer and includes the following sponsors: Cruzan Rum, Pinnacle Vodka, Maine Magazine; Maine Home and Design; 94.9 WHOM; Boothbay Register; Fisherman’s Wharf Inn; Tugboat Inn; Boothbay Harbor Inn; Pine State Beverage; Shipyard Brewing; Boston Beer Company; Boothbay Harbor Electric; The Nelson Family Gift Fund; Cabbage Island Clambakes, Bud Light; Regatta Ginger Beer; McSeagulls; Yale Cordage; Boothbay Harbor Marina; Sea Tow; Compass Rose Events; Capt’n Fish’s Waterfront Inn; Get a Gadget; Knickerbocker Group; Kim Crawford; Linekin Bay Resort; J. Edward Knight Insurance; The Smiling Cow; Giles Family; Nathaniel S. Wilson Sailmakers; Lincoln Health; Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops; The YMCA; Carousel Marina; Boothbay Region Historical Society; Winslow Marine; Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club, Spruce Point Inn; Tindal and Callahan Real Estate; Boothbay Harbor Country Club; Mine Oyster Breakway Sportfishing; First National Bank; Osman Page Accounting, Cap’n Fish’s Boat Trips; Lincoln Health and Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort.

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