Drayton Harbor Days / George Raft Race
On Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4, 2013 Drayton Harbor Days will bring together family, friends, and the community for a celebration of Maritime fun. All events this year will take place at the Blaine Marina, 235 Marine Dr, just off 1-5 exit 276.
The tall ships Lady Washginton & the Hawaiian Chieftain return this year with dockside tours and sails! Kids of all ages will go back to times of yore and test their sea legs aboard this magnificent ship. For tour and sailing information: www.historicalseaport.org. In addition there will be an array of boats on display including wooden, classic plastic, steam boats, and a model boat collection. Come early on Saturday to join in the 5k Run to the Border and then stop off at the Community Center to enjoy a pancake breakfast served 8-11 am. Down at the Blaine Harbor Boating Center, enjoy live music throughout the day, arts and crafts booths from 10-4 pm, and prize drawings including a chance to win tickets to the Birch Bay Waterslides. Kids will have a merry time with games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt! NW Park and Recreation District #2 is offering the opportunity for kids ages 7-12 to participate in Pirate Daze for a $10 registration, kids can tour the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain, join in a treasure hunt, and listen to pirate stories and sea chantey songs, as well as make their own pirate costume. At 2 pm, the judging of the pirate costume contest will give kids and adults dressed in their pirate best a chance to win a bounty of prizes!
George Raft Race
The prestigious Race named after the Hollywood actor of the same name originated in merry old England where contestants from a certain village there would build rafts out of “stuff’ left about and would race along a stream. Englishmen and local canvas Shop owner Bob Knapp revived this race here a number of years ago. Rules are that the raft material needs not to be purchased and the contestants has to be on top of the raft not in it. Each race participant will be requested to sign the hold-harmless agreement below. Please consult a physician prior to participation, if there is any question about your health status.
The water temperature of Harbor Marina is relatively warm compared to the waters of the Puget Sound; however, it is recommended that all participants are encouraged to use a suitable floatation device. All participants will sign in before entering the race.
This year's 11th annual Prestigious George Raft Race will commence at 1 pm Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Blaine public boat launch and will conclude at the Blaine Boating Center visitor dock. Participants paddle homemade rafts built from recycled floatable materials. This event is modeled in part from Devonshire's River Lyn annual raft race that has taken place in England since the middle ages. All are welcome to join in the raft race or just watch the excitement as spectators. The first place winner will take home bragging rights and a one-year ownership of the coveted Prestigious George Raft Race Trophy. To download the Hold Harmless Form for the race, click here.
Take a ride on the historic Plover Ferry to Semiahmoo Spit both Saturday from 10-6 pm and Sunday from 12-8 pm. On Saturday, finish the day by enjoying a movie under the stars at 9:00 pm at Blaine Marine Park.
The fun continues on Sunday with more arts and crafts vendors, kid’s activities, Plover ferry rides, and boat displays. Bring your pets, dressed up in costume or to show off their latest tricks, for a chance to win a prize in the pet contest at the Blaine Boating Center at 1 pm!
For More Information:
Blaine Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544 v.ww.blainechamber.com, or Port ofBellingham, Blaine Harbor Office, 360-647-6176.
Media Contact Information: Debbie Harger-City of Blaine 360-543-9982 Festival Activities: Carroll Solomon-Blaine Visitor Center-360-332-4544 George Raft Race-Richard Sturgill: (firstname.lastname@example.org) West Marine
Event Sponsors: City of Blaine, Blaine Chamber of Commerce, Port of Bellingham-Blaine Harbor, Drayton Harbor Maritime, NW Parks and Recreation District #2, Paso del Norte