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Saturday, August 2 2014 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sharing the spotlight with all the finely crafted vessels from sail and runabouts to kayaks and canoes are the unique and creative Sikaflex vessels which always draw a crowd. Meanwhile, “Paint the Bay” plein air artists will dot the surrounding area Saturday morning and their work on display in the museum throughout the remainder of the weekend.

"Coastie", the US Coast Guard's remote-controlled boat returns, along with some of their most eye-catching equipment.

In addition to “Coastie” and "Bob the Parrot" a variety of other children’s attractions will take place from the toy boat building kits to the mini-tug races.

Boats will be exhibited throughout the grounds with trailered vessels on the western side of the museum. Small craft will fill the green space immediately to the north of museum adjacent to the in-water vessels. Festival attendees can vote for a People’s Choice winner Saturday while the museum’s judging panel will choose its slate of winners in a number of categories. There is also the unusual, such as one of the few remaining “Amphicars” in the United States.

Sikaflex boat construction gets underway Saturday morning at 10 am with two-person teams required to build a boat with limited materials and just four hours to do it to garner points to carry over into Sunday’s in-water race. The race begins at 12:30 pm Sunday with the colorfully decorated vessels hitting the water and racing against the clock. Points are awarded and coupled with Saturday’s construction totals to produce an overall winner. 

“Paint the Bay” will encompass the entire Sturgeon Bay waterfront. Artists will have Saturday morning to create their art before returning it for a silent auction inside the museum Saturday afternoon and Sunday. A People’s Choice vote will select the work, which will grace the 2015 festival poster. Registration forms for artists are available online at or on the festival grounds from 8-9 am Saturday morning.

In addition to access to the festival grounds, the admission price also includes access to the museum and its popular “Pirates: Ship to Shore” exhibit and four other galleries filled with Great Lakes maritime history. The restored 149-foot tug John Purves remains a prominent attraction with deck tours again part of the festival admission. The Festival Committee has a single ticket entry structure with significantly discounted children’s admission prices to encourage more family attendance.

For more information:
Jon Gast
(920) 743-5958
February 2016

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