Harbor Fest attracts many community members

Emma Feldman, Contributing Writer

Each year in June, various vendors, local businesses, and community organizations set up booths along lower main street and in the parking lot by the town docks. This event, called Harborfest, is attended by residents of all ages; those who attend can enjoy a wide variety of food, musical performances, and opportunities to purchase unique gifts that you will want to keep for yourself.
“Harborfest is a great way to get the community together, and to celebrate the beauty of Port Washington,” said senior Rana Ismail.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event that is attended by nearly 12,000 people each year. This year’s Harborfest was held on June 7 and took place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Harborfest had activities for visitors of all ages. Whether you were looking to sell unique creations, volunteer to help young children create arts and crafts, perform on stage, or casually observe everyone, you were bound to have a great day.
Junior Christina Marinelli’s family has been selling birdhouses for charity at Harborfest for the past two years.
“Harborfest is a really great opportunity and it’s a great opportunity for us to sell the birdhouses we have been working on all year and raise money for charity,” said Marinelli.
This event is organized by the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce each year and, in addition to the vendors and entertainers, there were numerous raffles and even a boat ride for people of all ages.
“Harborfest is such a nice way to get out into town and show off some vendors. I also have very fond memories of when I performed a duet for the talent show in second grade,” said sophomore Anna Cohen.
The performances ranged from dances by students from local studios, to songs performed by local students and other music groups. Aspiring musicians, singers and dancers all auditioned for the chance to perform in the talent show to be seen by hundreds of people. The Chamber of Commerce brought in a large stage for the performers and chairs for spectators to enjoy all of the entertaining performances.
“We always have a good time,” said sophomore Aaron Siff-Scherr. “Harborfest was a great chance to enjoy the beautiful June weather and watch festivities.”