Lighthouse, Maritime Festival will be held in Port Clinton on Saturday

PORT CLINTON — The Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy’s annual Lighthouse and Sea Festival, held Saturday at Waterworks Park, is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.

Adding to the bill this year will be an outdoor art exhibit sponsored by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, as well as Port Clinton’s first-ever antique and classic wooden boat show, featuring featured more than a dozen classic small craft. Additionally, this year’s festival will feature live music, children’s events, nautical vendors, tasty food, demonstrations, historic lectures and free tours of the historic Port Clinton Pier Lighthouse, 126 years old. The festival runs from 10.45 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free entry.

The festival begins with an opening ceremony featuring the presentation of the colors by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a performance of the national anthem by Rosemary Schram, after which Mayor Mike Snider will introduce U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur who will deliver the opening address. .

John Davenport will pay tribute to John Prine

Musical entertainment will be provided by John Davenport, with a tribute to the late singer-songwriter John Prine, and the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band, a perennial local favorite. To satisfy hungry appetites, the Rotary Club Perch Wagon will once again be on hand, along with Gaucho and Gringo, and X-Treme Cuisine.

Port Clinton Lighthouse, November 12, 2019.

An “arts and crafts tent”, sponsored by Lilly and Gert’s, will be there for children to enjoy painting and crafts, as well as a scavenger hunt. For adults, there is the “Speaker’s Tent” where John Gibson will speak on the subject of prohibition, Bob Reynolds will narrate a video telling the “Voyage of the Onward” and the president of the Conservancy will tell the story of the lighthouse station of Port Clinton. Throughout the day, trained guides will guide visitors through the historic lighthouse for free.

Local artists will again compete to produce the best portrait of the lighthouse, with the winner receiving a cash prize of $100. The winning painting will be featured on next year’s festival poster.

Lighthouse models to be raffled off

The reserve will hold a raffle, awarding winning ticket holders a beautiful model of the Port Clinton Lighthouse, a signed engraving of the Ben Richmond Lighthouse, a lighthouse floor mat and other items. The owner of the boat selected as “Best in Show” at the Antique Boat Show will also receive a model of the Port Clinton Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse Festival is organized by the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, which restored, owns and operates the Port Clinton Lighthouse, which operated on the West Pier at the mouth of the Portage River from 1896 to 1952.

The Conservancy created the festival as a fundraiser for the lighthouse and as a way to showcase both the historic structure and Port Clinton’s rich maritime history. The festival, which hasn’t taken place since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is held on the third Saturday in August to coincide with International Lighthouse and Lighthouse Weekend, which honors lighthouses around the world. whole and the radio operators that communicate with the different possible beacons.

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