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June 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Celebrate Fourth of July at the Wooden Boat Festival July 2-4

Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend by attending The Center For Wooden Boats Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival on July 2-4 located at the south end of Lake Union.

The free event will feature some 200 wooden boats from rowing dinghies to the 133-foot classical schooner Adventuress.

The festival is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday July 4. On Independence Day, Lake Union Park will remain open to the public for prime viewing of the Lake Union Fireworks show which gets underway around 10 p.m.

During the festival, visitors will be able to board dozens of historic sailing and rowing vessels from the CWB collection, and board many of the historic private vessels brought to the show by their owners.

Classic rowboats can be rented, and free steam and sail rides will be running nonstop. Festival attendees can explore the many styles of boatbuilding in the Northwest, ranging from modern skiffs and cedar strip kayaks to traditional Native-American cedar canoes by Master Haida carver and CWB artist in residence Robert Peele.

On Sunday, July 2, the canoe currently being carved at CWB will undergo a “steaming”, part of the traditional construction process. Attendees can also learn to steer by the stars, sharpen their chisels or tie a “turks head” knot in our skills classes and booths.

Activities for the kids include Toy Boat Building where they can to build and decorate their own model boats and Pirate Storytime aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss; featuring the nautical yarns of Pirate Lou. Kids will also be able to build a kite and fly it from the festival grounds, and sail model boats in the park’s new boat pond.

Come see the Quick and Daring Boat Building contest, sponsored by Everett’s Thain Boatworks/Earthwise Ventures. In this longtime festival favorite, teams have just 24-hours to construct a boat and then race it; sailing a leg, paddling the next and anything goes on the homeward leg, in this inventive and hilarious contest that rewards the first boat still floating at the finish line.

For more information go to The Center For Wooden Boats wesbite.

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