Fathoms o’ Fun Summer Festival kicks off June 27

Downtown Port Orchard’s annual three-day Fathoms o’ Fun Summer Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. June 27.

There will be vendors, foods, concerts, a parade and other activities.

At 9 a.m., vendors open their food and crafts booths. HD Fusion, a classic jazz, rock and funk band, is slated to perform from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Marina Park gazebo.

Vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 28 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 29.

Fathoms chair Sharron King said earlier this week the event was down 10 vendors from 2013, but several others are interested in attending.

“We’re hoping to have close to the same amount as we did last year,” she said.

Also at 9 a.m. Saturday, the 13th annual HotFoot 5K Run is set to start at South Kitsap Regional Park with nine running divisions for males and females age 14 and older. There is also a 1-mile race.

The run is presented by South Kitsap Fire and Rescue volunteers.

The annual snake race and frog-jumping contest are scheduled for noon at the Kitsap Bank drive-in. The winning frog will get a kiss from a member of the Fathoms’ royalty court.

The 47th annual Grand Parade is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Floats, civic clubs, elected officials, dance groups, drum lines and others will line up along Port Orchard Boulevard as the parade treks through downtown.

This year’s parade grand marshal is former Port Orchard city councilwoman Carolyn Powers. Powers retired from the council in December after 26 years, and served as a state representative from 1983-84.

“We are praying for good weather,” King said. “Since I’ve been doing the judging and involved in Fathoms for the past 25 years, it has only sprinkled one time at the end of our parade.”

There are more than 100 entries in this year’s parade, including eight floats.

This year’s judges are Pam Heinrich, director of the Sidney Art Museum; Kathy Michaels, co-owner of Cedar Cove Inn; and Mike Wernet, battalion chief for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue.

King said Fathoms is working on partnering with some of the area’s civic clubs, bringing back a carnival, dance and add more events.

“We want to add more activities to help draw people to town,” King said. “We want to bring back the Great Ball Race.”

She said Fathoms has more than 5,000 balls in storage and plan an event similar to the Duck Race in Bremerton.

“It would be a good event to bring back on Sunday as another means to draw people downtown,” King said.


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