Blessing of Fleet imageBAILEYS HARBOR, WI (April 19, 2016) – Dating back to the 1800’s, Baileys Harbor’s maritime industry has thrived on Lake Michigan, located half way between Sturgeon Bay and the infamous Death’s Door on the Door Peninsula. Our harbor offers crystal clear waters, world class salmon & trout fishing, and many water based recreational activities.

The Blessing of the Fleet Festival on May 21-22 begins with the Door County Scottie Rally’s Parade of Scots, followed by a traditional Blessing Ceremony over CB Radio to all vessels wishing to receive it, regardless of denomination, vessel type, or home port.  After the blessing, there will be live music, arts & crafts, food & drinks and activities throughout town. The local sport and commercial fishing boats will be open for touring at the Town Marina so festival goers can meet local captains and crew to ask questions and hear firsthand stories.

Browse through the rare ship model silent auction by the Door County Maritime Museum on the Midway. The Ridges Sanctuary is celebrating the grand opening of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights featuring guided tours of the Upper and Lower Lights. The Baileys Harbor Fire Department will be doing cold water rescue demonstrations with their fire boat just offshore and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting Courtesy Safety Examinations of recreational vessels.

Baileys Harbor MarinaIf you’re looking for an educational experience, stop in at the Town Hall from 12:30pm to 3pm for one of the presentations on topics including Door County’s Maritime History, Commercial & Sport Fishing Industry & Legislation, Safe Water Practices, and Invasive Species featuring local experts and authors.

Saturday night brings the community wide culinary event – Lake to Table: A Taste of Baileys Harbor featuring a unique locally sourced whitefish entrée at various restaurants throughout town.

Sunday morning brings the Farm Market from 9am-2pm showcasing local vendors selling everything from fresh produce and flowers to canned items or crafts to delicious artisan ready to eat foods. For more information visit BaileysHarbor.com or call 920.839.2366

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