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Kitsap Harbor Festival bring many to Port Orchard waterfront
By MICHELLE BEAHM | Staff Writer
The Kitsap Harbor Festival was held this weekend at the Port Orchard and Bremerton marinas.
This festival is an annual event for the local residents to come down to the waterfront to celebrate the community. This was the fifth annual Harbor Festival, and it is expected to return again next summer.
“I’m fortunate to work with a lot of different community organizations on both sides in Bremerton and Port Orchard,” said Holly James, the event coordinator for the festival.
It was her job to help coordinate the events and promote the festival to the press and the public.
There were a lot of great events at the festival this year. In Port Orchard, the Farmer’s Market, Fathoms o’ Fun, and a Murder Mystery event for adults and children took place on both Saturday and Sunday. The Murder Mystery spanned both days, and the big reveal occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Also on Sunday were the 25th Annual Seagull Calling Contest and Wings Cook-Off. There were also food vendors and the Port Orchard Bay Street Merchants Beer Garden all weekend.
Bremerton’s events included a Kitsap Car Cruz on Pacific Avenue on Saturday, a Historic Military Vehicle Display throughout the weekend and a new “KidZone” with a lot of different child-friendly activities.
According to James, many of the attractions available at this year’s festival are expected to return next year.
“This is a yearly festival and we got great response from the vendors and performers all wanting to come back and do it again next year,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see Bremerton and Port Orchard working together.”
Despite the weather being questionable, the festival was a success, and many people turned out for the events held in both cities.
“It was a great success,” James said. “It’s wonderful to see community come out to see our waterfront and cities.”