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Pirates invade port boardwalk for 3-day festival

 

Breeches, bandanas, knitted caps, waistcoats and motley clothes in bright colors are all part of the pirate attire  that people will most likely be surrounded by at the first annual Pirates of the Pacific Festival at the Port of Brookings-Harbor on the boardwalk.

The festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Admission is free.

“I brought it (here) because I wanted to bring the three communities – Brookings, Gold Beach and Crescent City – together,” said festival director of operations Bruce Ellis. “I want to put Brookings on the map through the pirate festival. I want to invite everybody from all over to visit our fantastic city.” 

 

 

 

Breeches, bandanas, knitted caps, waistcoats and motley clothes in bright colors are all part of the pirate attire  that people will most likely be surrounded by at the first annual Pirates of the Pacific Festival at the Port of Brookings-Harbor on the boardwalk.

The festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Admission is free.

“I brought it (here) because I wanted to bring the three communities – Brookings, Gold Beach and Crescent City – together,” said festival director of operations Bruce Ellis. “I want to put Brookings on the map through the pirate festival. I want to invite everybody from all over to visit our fantastic city.” 

Ellis is hoping for about 2,500-5,000 people to attend. 

“The goal is to bring a brand new festival that will bring a whole new group of people, a whole new group of tourists who have never been here before,” festival crew director Mike Moran said. 

Along with Moran, Kat Benjamin is also assisting Ellis with the festival.

Attendees will have the opportunity to watch a variety   of entertainment including pirate reenactors, live cannon shows, sword fighting, pirate mayhem, Irish dancers, belly dancers and the Kings Navy, who will be keeping law and order, Ellis said. 

The two theater companies in town will also be performing a scene from their current productions, Moran said.

Other pirate games such as a barrel roll, rat-a-pult, and pirate stories with props, and a pirate bouncy house will also be present for children. 

“If you haven’t been to a pirate festival, you need to go and experience it because you will have a blast,” Ellis said.  “You will have an experience that you’ve never had before.”

There will also be performances by  a variety of bands such as the Bloody Scupper Plunder Club, the Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (BOOM), rock and reggae bands. Some of the groups have traveled from as far as Washington state and San Francisco, Ellis said.

The Bloody Scupper Plunder Club will be performing at  3 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Sword fighting with BOOM will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday and 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

If entertainment or games are not one’s fancy, there are vendors and merchants to check out. Captain Jack’s Pirate Hats of San Francisco and Ravenwood Leather of Medford will be present along with vendors of jewelry, pirate garb, clothes and plenty of food, Moran said.

A large spread will be available for when people need a bite to eat. The grub includes barbecued ribs, tri-tip, chicken, turkey legs, a sushi bar, corn on the cob, chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and pie. 

Two beer gardens and soda will be readily available when visitors need to quench their thirst.

“It will definitely bring revenue here,” Ellis said. “It will bring new people to our city, and they will want to spend their vacation here. There should be a big impact.”

Finally, there are a couple of auction items. Attendees can enter to win two nights at the Applegate Lodge, a themed lodge near Grants Pass and, each day, three swords will be given away to contest winners, Ellis said.

After last year’s poor turnout at the Renaissance Fair, Ellis and Moran came up with the idea. Moran said that they knew they needed to do another festival, and that they knew pirates festivals receive a huge following.

“The basic idea was just to bring another festival to town that would bring more revenue to the community,” Moran said.

Moran added that the pirate festival in Portland attracts 40,000 people in two days. 

“It’s not unbelievable that we could start pulling 5-10,000 people down here for this festival.”

Moran also said that there  is not a pirate festival already established on the Oregon Coast. 

“We wanted to make a fun event for the whole family,” Moran said. “We tried to balance it out so there will be something for everybody. You won’t get bored in an hour.”

The regular Saturday Farmers and Artisans Market will move to the Kite Field at the Port of Brookings-Harbor, Ellis said.

 

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