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Eastport Pirate Festival – 2012

This is the first time we’ve been to Eastport’s Pirate Festival. It is quite a bash and is a much bigger and better attended affair than last weekend’s Salmon Festival. There are dozens of activities and easily ten times as many people as there were at the Salmon Festival. Our campground was only about a third full on Friday morning and by Friday evening it was completely full. We got to the Festival about 11 AM on Saturday and by noontime the streets were packed with people.

Water Street, which is pretty much Eastport’s Main Street, was blocked off at both ends. People were parked everywhere for blocks away and the police were rapidly putting up no parking signs along the street we drove in on. We were fortunate to find a spot on the town dock and only had to walk a block or so. It was foggy and on the windy side when we first got there and we were glad we brought light jackets with us. The sun came out by early afternoon though, and it warmed up comfortably.

The sailing ship HMS Bounty (the replica built for the movie) was at one of the town docks. Most of the downtown businesses participated by decorating their storefronts to a piratical theme. When we got there there was a duo playing pirate songs on a stage that had been erected on the harbor side of the street. Later, another group was playing down by the harbor.

The HMS Bounty replica
The HMS Bounty replica
Eastport Bakery Pirate Festival 2012
Eastport Bakery Pirate Festival 2012
Pirate musical duo
Pirate musical duo

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Eastport Salmon Festival – 2012

We arrived in Eastport just in time for the annual Salmon Festival although this is the last year they are calling it that. We were talking with a woman from the Chamber of Commerce and she said that they’ve decided to change the name but they haven’t decided what they will change it to yet.

For the festival the downtown section of Water Street, which is the street closest to the harbor, was blocked-off on both ends and at least a dozen stands from local businesses and other vendors were set up on the street. Two large tents with tables and chairs were set up in a small parking lot next to the harbor with a small stage on one end.

Water street in downtown Eastport during the Salmon Festival
Water street in downtown Eastport during the Salmon Festival

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