|| June 19, 2015
|| Rebecca Pirtle, Communications
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Festival celebrates national recognition of Kitsap’s water
(Silverdale, WA) To celebrate the National Water
Trails System designation of the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail, Kitsap County
Commissioners, along with the ports of Silverdale and Brownsville,
Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and Visit Kitsap Peninsula, are hosting a
two-day Water Trails Festival June 27-28 with events scheduled for
Silverdale, Brownsville and Keyport. The Kitsap County Peninsula Water Trail
will be officially dedicated at the Silverdale Waterfront Park at 1 p.m.
June 27 with local elected officials and dignitaries on hand to mark the
“This is an exciting time for Kitsap County and the entire Kitsap Peninsula.
This recognition goes a long way toward supporting an existing and
burgeoning economy and appreciation for the natural assets our region
offers," commented Commissioner Robert Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County
Board of Commissioners.
The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail for kayakers and other maritime
recreationalists extends around Kitsap’s approximately 216 miles of
shoreline to the Key Peninsula and Mason County, along Hood Canal and Point
No Point, circumnavigating Bainbridge Island, Liberty Bay, Dyes Inlet,
Sinclair Inlet and beyond, with designated launch and landing sites, shore
access, parking and other amenities. A Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails
Alliance was created with representatives from the cities, county, tribes,
and other stakeholders to develop a long-term management plan with
assistance from the National Park Service.
Water Festival events in Silverdale, Brownville and Keyport
Water Festival events begin at 10 a.m. Saturday June 27 at Silverdale
Waterfront Park where there will be vendors, food booths, free family
activities, live music, tours of the Carlisle II (an original Mosquito Fleet
ferry), a classic car and motorcycle show, tribal canoes, kayak and
paddle-boarding lessons and rentals, and wrapping up the day with Native
American storytelling around a bonfire (bring your own lawn chairs).
“I’m proud of our community’s efforts to spearhead the first-ever Kitsap
Peninsula Water Trails Festival,” said Commissioner Edward Wolfe who
represents Central Kitsap. “It will be a great day for all Kitsapers to
enjoy and experience the festivities at the Silverdale waterfront park and
the ‘natural side’ of Puget Sound.”
The Port of Brownsville offers a Brownie Challenge Paddle of 13-plus
nautical miles for experienced paddlers from Brownsville to Silverdale in
time to land for the formal dedication at 1 p.m. A Ride the Tide paddle for
intermediate and experienced riders starts at 8:30 a.m. in Bremerton
Evergreen Rotary Park and ends at Silverdale Waterfront Park at noon.
Back at the Port of Brownsville, the West Sound Sailing Association will
host races from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offer tours of Kitsap’s historic tall
ship, Fiddler’s Dream. A wine tasting with tapas wraps up Saturday
activities from 6-7 p.m. at the Brownsville Deli. The Port of Keyport hosts
a rummage sale that same day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The water festival continues on Sunday, June 28 at the Port of Brownsville
with a blessing of the boats at 7 a.m. followed by kayak classes,
opportunities to row a historic long boat, ride sailboats, fly kites, and
many other hands-on activities for all ages. The Northwest BeechBoys Flight
Demonstration team will take to the skies at about 10:30 a.m. with a flyover
of up to 20 vintage aircraft. A lively decorated boat parade and marine life
explorations at the Pier Peer are scheduled during the afternoon. The
highlight of the day is a Keys to Keyport Fun Paddle departing Brownsville
at 11:15 a.m. and arriving at the Port of Keyport at about 1 p.m. followed
by lunch at the deli. A rendezvous gathering will take place at the Olalla
boat launch and lagoon beginning at noon for mariners in South Kitsap.
Schedule of Events and Registration Information
Water Festival details, including reservation and registration information,
is available at
www.watertrailsfestival.com. For more information on the water trail
designation, including a Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Map, visit
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