By Eric Fischer
The Blessing of the Fleet Festival held in Baileys Harbor over the weekend has centuries-old roots according to Stella Maris Parish Pastor David Ruby. The third annual event is one of the first festivals held in the spring in Door County and celebrates the connection the area has to the nautical industry. Pastor David Ruby blessed the fleet, praying for safety on the water for all.
Ruby notes that the praying for a blessing of the fleet goes back to the early days of Christianity and the relationship between Jesus’s disciples and fishing. In addition to the blessing, the festival had live music, lighthouse and boat tours, and the Door County Scottie Rally parade.