By Tim Kowols
The town of Baileys Harbor will host one of the first festivals of the spring this weekend when it hosts its Blessing of the Fleet and Scottie Parade. The annual celebration honors the area's link to the fishing and maritime industries with a blessing by Stella Maris Parish Pastor David Ruby. Along with guided lighthouse and fishing boat tours is the Door County Scottie Rally, which brings over 100 dog owners for a themed parade. Baileys Harbor Community Coordinator Brynn Swanson is proud of how much the event has grown.
The Blessing of the Fleet celebration runs Saturday and Sunday. You can see the full schedule, which includes the 11:30 a.m. Scottie parade, online with this story.
Schedule of Events:
9am-4pm Arts & Crafts on the Town Hall Lawn
10am-2pm Guided Lighthouse Tours • Sorry no dogs allowed
10am-4pm Lighthouse Society Stamps available at Visitor Center
11:30am Door County Scottie Rally "Parade of Scots"
12pm Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony with Father Ruby at the Town Marina
12:30-3:30pm Live Music by Water Street Hot Shots at the Town Marina
11 am - 5pm
Food & Drinks at Marina
Tour the Charter Boats & Commercial Fishing Boats
Commercial Fishing & The Health of the Fishery in Baileys Harbor - Dennis Hickey of Hickey Bros. Fisheries & Baileys Harbor Fish Company
Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board - Charlie Henriksen of Henriksen Fisheries
Wooden Boats and Iron Men and Through Waves and Gales Come Fishermen's Tales - Trygvie Jensen, Author
5pm-Close: Lake To Table: A Taste of Baileys Harbor Culinary Event at various local restaurants. See below for details
9am-1pm Kick off of the Sunday Farmers Market at Town Hall
10am-2pm Guided Range Light Tours every 30 minutes