Makes me wish I was 9 again. The adult record (not yours truly) was set at 5 crates. Perhaps I will give it a go next year! The winner received 2 tickets for a daysail on the Schooner Surprise and a t-shirt. Everyone received great memories of a fun event on a beautiful, warm day.
One of our innkeepers just came back from a couple of days of the three day Camden Windjammer Festival, going on right now, this Labor Day Weekend in Camden, Maine. Friday started with a Parade of Sail of all the local windjammers. Once docked, the schooners were open for visitors. Dinner bells rang on one boat after another as crews gathered around supper to strategize for the evening’s Schooner Crew Talent Show. Hundreds of people dotted Camden Harbor Park, a lawn rolling gently towards the harbor, to watch the friendly competition where contestants ranged from 5 years old to 75. It’s not entirely clear whether a winner was ever declared, but a fantastic time was had by all on an evening which ended in a gorgeous display of fireworks over a full moon.
Fireworks at the Camden Windjammer Festival 2009
Saturday came as another clear, warm, sunny day – perfect for the Lobster Crate Competition and the eventual dunking for the contestants in the run across 20 wooden lobster crates tied together and strung between two floating docks in the harbor. 9 year old Cedar with over 2 thousands crates, was a repeat champion and many others put on a good showing, including one adult with a record of 5 crates. Volunteers scurried about attending to a variety of other activities, including the Chowder Tasting from 8 local restaurants (Bay View Lobster, The Waterfront, Big Fish Cafe, Home Kitchen Cafe, Ephemere, Cody’s and a couple of others). An added ingredient of sweet potato established a clear winner in the author’s opinion and I cast my ballot without a doubt. Much else was happening on the docks and on shore: more visiting hours on the schooners, demonstrations of engines, blacksmithing, knot-tying, toboggan making. Sunday’s “Build A Boat” race started Saturday with many participants hammering and cutting, working with a deadline as the race starts at 2pm on Sunday.
Schooner Crew Talent Show at the Camden Windjammer Festival 2009