Once again, it’s Waterfront Festival time at the Port of Edmonds

By Bob McChesney, Executive Director, the Port of Edmonds | Jun 02, 2011

If prior years are any example, this weekend will be the liveliest of the year at the Port of Edmonds.

It’s time for the annual Edmonds Waterfront Festival, a three-day celebration of food, music and things nautical.

Now well into its third decade, the emphasis of the Waterfront Festival is—and always has been—on fun.

There is, quite literally, something for everyone.

The maritime focus is the main attraction for many, while others come for the many food booths or the music.

Kids always find it an exciting day, with many activities and entertainments designed especially for them.

The Port started it back in 1989 with a small-scale boaters’ swap meet and barbecue.

The following year we kicked it up a notch, made it a full-scale community event and officially named it the Edmonds Waterfront Festival.

It worked well—in fact, it worked so well that it was too much for our small Port staff to handle—so in 1991 we turned it over to the Rotary Club of Edmonds.

We have had a great relationship ever since: Rotary operates it and the Port hosts it.

Again this year, a highlight of the Waterfront Festival is the Classic Yacht Rendezvous.

The Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association expects to have more than 20 classic wooden yachts moored at the mid-marina docks, many of which will be available for boarding.

One of their vessels is particularly worthy of note. The 92-foot M/V Olympus will be here. She was built in 1929 in New York, is impeccably restored, and today is often the flagship of the Northwest Fleet.

During WWII Olympus was conscripted by the U.S. Navy as a patrol vessel.

After the war she was acquired by the State of Washington and served officially as a fisheries patrol vessel (and off-the-record as governor Mon C. Wallgren’s official yacht).

After being restored to her original pristine glory, she played host to such luminaries as President Harry S. Truman, mountaineer Jim Whittaker, and a coterie of Hollywood notables, including Robin Williams, Candice Bergen, Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Julie Andrews.

There will be offshore racing boats, the Navy’s admiral’s barge and—as always—entertainment on two stages.

All this while you and your family enjoy a juicy bratwurst, a snow cone, strawberry shortcake, your favorite beverage or any of dozens of your favorite treats.

It all starts tomorrow, June 3, at the Port of Edmonds marina and continues through Sunday June 5.

The Port is happy to be hosting the Edmonds Waterfront Festival for the 22nd consecutive year.

We hope to see you there.

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