CAMDEN- Good food, good shopping, and good company- all by the Camden Waterfront this weekend.
“I love Camden and I like to see people come and enjoy what we have here,” said Emily Lusher, the chair of the Camden Windjammer Festival.
This years Windjammer Festival bringing in an estimated 6,000 people to enjoy games and view the beautiful scenery. All of that combined with the festivals original purpose- the boats.
“Obviously we have this beautiful harbor so there was a lot of maritime activity here and now that we don’t ship everything by boat anymore, a lot of the old schooners have been re purposed as trips. People go on the schooners and go out on the bay and have wonderful food so we want to showcase that because it’s really Camden’s theme,” said Lusher.
The weekend full of fun events: fireworks, a schooner talent show, a crate race, a build-a-boat contest, and a parade. But there’s something new this year–that had every kid at the festival involved.
Children paired up to compete in the first fish relay.
One teammate would put on a raincoat and gloves, climb into a boat and pull out two fish from a bucket of oil,—then tackled a series of obstacles before handing their gear and fish to their teammate to complete the obstacle course in reverse.
At the end, each team received a time–of course the fastest to complete the course–reaped the rewards
“It was a lot of fun. Not nearly as gross as I thought, because I didn’t realize we got rubber gloves. So we were able to hold on very easily rather than just having them constantly in our hands which was very very useful,” said Colin Stewart, a participant in the relay.
The winners received prizes and trophies. The windjammer festival is the largest gathering of schooners in North America.