Maritime Festival offers unique opportunities

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

JUNEAU - Imagine you are witness to a dramatic ocean rescue by helicopter. Some who attend the upcoming Juneau Maritime Festival on May 22 may have had that experience - or have been rescued themselves.

But all Festival attendees will have a chance to see how it's done when the U.S. Coast Guard brings its ★★-60 Jayhawk helicopter to Juneau to demonstrate an ocean rescue near the downtown waterfront.

Did you ever wonder what life is like aboard a tugboat or a commercial fishing boat? At the Goldbelt dock you'll have a chance to tour the tug Ethan B, the troller F/V Helen, the seiner KETA, Adventure Bound Alaska's Captain Cook, and the charter boat The Midnight Sun. The Coast Guard will also offer tours of a a self-bailing, self-righting "motor life boat" designed for surf rescues under the most severe conditions.

The Festival's primary venue is downtown Juneau's Marine Park and Plaza, where local businesses and organizations will showcase, demonstrate and sell their edibles, products and services. Senator Dennis Egan will be one of several speakers to address Festival attendees at the event's official ceremony.

The Festival's full schedule of activities, participants and locations will be available online at during the week leading up to the event.

The Juneau Economic Development Council and the Festival's organizers continue to seek financial sponsors as well as businesses, nonprofits or individuals interested in having a booth, contestants for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's "Wild Alaska Seafood Marinade Contest," and volunteers to help out on the day of the Festival. Please contact Jessalynn Rintala at 523-2330, for more information.

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