Maritime festival seeks contestants, volunteers

Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010

JUNEAU - Juneau will celebrate its maritime history, culture and commerce in the inaugural Juneau Maritime Festival on May 22, National Maritime Day.

The event, held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marine Park and Plaza, includes waterfront activities and also will bring attention to Juneau's economic ties to the sea, festival officials said. Up to 75 businesses and organization will showcase, demonstrate and sell products and services.

Over the past several weeks, the Juneau Economic Development Council has garnered ideas and support from a diverse cross-section of the community, and has begun building a coalition of businesses and organizations that are planning and organizing the Festival.

The organizing committee meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at JEDC's conference room, located at 612 West Willoughby across from A&P. The meetings are open to the public and all businesses and individuals are encouraged to attend.

During the festival, one of the highlights will be a live demonstration of a water rescue by a Coast Guard helicopter. The Coast Guard also will host a contest to see who can get into a survival suit fastest. Other events include: vessel tours, controlling remote-operated underwater robots; visiting NOAA's mobile forecasting station; and on-site fishing for kids.

Booths registration must be complete by Friday. Learn more at or call Jessalynn Rintala at 523-2330 or e-mail

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