Saturday, March 27, 2010
There's a lot of buzz about about this year's Fisherman's Festival! This annual community fundraising extravaganza will be held April 17 & 18 10am-5pm at Westside Park in Bodega Bay. Everyone's talking about it, I think it's going to be huge this year. Tons of local residents and businesses are either volunteering or donating something, or both, it's amazing. They have a website and a Facebook page with more than 1,000 friends. Here's some of their promotional copy:
The Bodega Bay community will celebrate its 37th annual Fisherman’s Festival packed with music, food, and entertainment. A favorite attraction is the wine tasting booth, featuring more than 25 Sonoma County wines. Food booths have something for every pallet from lamb or oyster barbeque to local fish and chips, to vegi burders, salads, and sandwiches.
Live music and entertainers perform on the band stage all day Saturday and Sunday. Artisans and vendors from all over California and beyond offer a wide selection of arts and crafts.
The festival has its origin as a celebration of the start of the Salmon fishing season and the annual Blessing of the Fleet. Saturday will feature a golf tournament at Bodega Harbour (707-875-3538) and at the Festival site itself a wooden boat challenge where participating teams build a vessel and then compete in a boat race.
Sunday morning will feature the blessing of the fishing fleet, when decorated boats parade out of the harbor to receive a blessing from local clergy. A flower wreath is cast upon the waters honoring the fishermen lost at sea. The festival is a great venue for kids, with a play area for face painting, spin paintings, games, free kit lessons, pony rides and llamas (and guest pets) on parade. There will be a drawing for raffle prizes from local merchants.
The Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival is a nonprofit organization run by local community volunteers under the leadership of chair Ginny Bassi. All proceeds of the festival benefit local service and volunteer organizations.
Our family went to the Fisherman's Festival for the first time last year and LOVED it! We posted a write-up and photos here.