Avast! Marauding pirates have descended upon ye old Port of Brookings Harbor for the third annual Pirates of the Pacific Festival, which kicked off Friday and continues through Sunday.
Brookings’ Liam Hamilton, 3, duels with pirate A.J. Geldersma on Friday, opening day for the festival. The Pirate/Jef Hatch
Both landlubbers and scallywags with their sea legs are expected to plunder the more than 40 vendors, and enjoy two stages with non-stop musical entertainment, demonstrations with muskets, cannons and swords, as well as spend their doubloons at two grog stands serving rum and other libations.
“We worked for over six months putting things together,” said Mike Moran, also known as Capt. Squishée, who co-organized the event with Bruce Ellis and other volunteers.
Moran said there is family- and kid-friendly entertainment, and demonstrations from pirate re-enactors who shoot cannons and muskets.
One of the groups, The Pirates of Treasure Island, voyaged from Seattle to give demonstrations with whips, pistols and guns.
Krimson Kat, one of the mateys of the Pirates of Treasure Island, said she got involved with the crew because of her interest in pirate history. She said she enjoys the pirate sub-culture.
“We’re out here to have fun and entertain,” said Redbeard, another of the pirate crew.
Event organizers anticipate the largest pirate festival ever, with many expected to drop their anchors and shiver their timbers.
The festival began three years ago following the end of a Renaissance Fair at Brookings’ Azalea Park. Moran and Ellis researched pirate festivals and discovered there was a lot of interest among local pirates to create one in Brookings.
Moran said the event will benefit many local groups and organizations, among them the Brookings Police Department, South Coast Humane Society, and Bruins Football. He also said the port had been very helpful with assisting in the event.
The event costs $5 for adults and $1 for children. Children can get in for free if they bring in a non perishable food item. Those 5 years old and younger enter free.
The festival enters its second day Saturday, with gates opening at 10 a.m. and staying open until 9 p.m., and is open Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
“This is our third year and we’re expecting it to get bigger and bigger,” Moran said, “More pirates, more rum, more mayhem.”