The ninth-annual “Pirates of the Pacific Festival” is bringing mayhem and fun to the Brookings Harbor Boardwalk Aug. 9-11.
The free event will include sword fighting, mermaids, cannon fire, belly dancers, kids’ activities, music, beer gardens, food, pirate gear and more.
Plan to encounter a variety of infamous pirates, both male and female, dressed in their finest pirate garb.
The “Pirates of the Pacific Festival” was created in 2010 by Bruce Ellis (aka Captain Curry) and Mike Moran (aka Captain Squishee).
For some five years, Ellis had been involved in a variety of roles with the “Virginia Renaissance Festival” on Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He moved to Brookings in 2008, and in 2009 created the “Insider of Southern Oregon Entertainment Newspaper.”
Moran has a long history in entertainment, working in theatre, radio, television and for Renaissance fairs.
Shortly after launching his newspaper, Ellis was overlooking the water at the Port of Brookings with Moran and the two came up with the notion of the community’s first-ever pirate festival.
Since its creation, the festival has grown larger in size, as has the number of people who attend — now at about 20,000 visitors over the three-day weekend. “Festival attendees usually fill up all the hotels in Crescent City, Gold Beach and Brookings-Harbor,” Ellis said.
The event is neither a nonprofit nor a fundraiser, they said. All of the funds that come in from the vendors and sponsors go to cover expenses and the festival’s entertainment.
“The event was designed for the community, to bring revenue to the area and provide activities that locals and tourists would enjoy,” said Ellis.
The re-enacting group Iron Dragon Trading Company will have an encampment at the festival complete with cannons, pirates and a bit of mayhem. Ironside Fitness will be performing sword fights throughout the weekend.
Two stages will feature live music that will include the Frankie Hernandez Band performing “Pirate Reggae,” and the Spence Bros. Band.
KCIW Radio will preside over a “Liar’s Contest” on Saturday at 3 p.m. on the main stage. Folks are invited to get up on stage and tell their best whopper — best liar wins.
Also, you can get a photograph with “Queen Meditrina” and her court of mermaid princesses.
More than 60 booths will feature local and visiting artisans and vendors, including merchandise that ranges from jewelry to pirate gear.
Several top-of-the-line food vendors will ensure the crowds stay properly fed. Two beer gardens, featuring Misty Mountain Brewing and the Cutthroat Inn, will quench thirsty adult pirates.
Meanwhile, the kids can take a ride in a “pirate ship” on wheels, watch a balloon artist in action, see demonstrations of pirate skills, maybe even (if they’re old enough) have the chance to shoot a real cannon.
The fun is scheduled from noon-9 p.m. Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 10, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 11.