Marine Festival provided a full day of free entertainment

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Residents and visitors in Kincardine enjoyed a full day of free family fun on Aug. 28, as the Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival returned, after a one year absence.

The day began early, at 8:30 a.m., as The Walker House Museum opened its doors and offered free tours until 4 p.m. Visitors could step back in time to a point in history when travelers could stay in Kincardine’s first inn, examine artifacts from years past or enjoy a beverage in the Industry Room.

The Kincardine Community Fund Cardboard Boat Regatta is always a favourite. Local cardboard “engineers” designed, built and decorated their own vessels. At 9 a.m., each craft was launched and challenged to paddle around a buoy on Station Beach. Congratulations went out to all who took part in the friendly competition, especially those skippers that went down with their ship.

Also on Station Beach, the Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services team set up a display and offered information to people of all ages detailing how to practice safety while around the water.

The rest of the day included a visit to the Tall Ship Playfair, in from Hamilton and docked at the North Pier. Local diver and wreck historian Carl LaFrance presented a display on the marine history of the area. Those looking for a cruise around the harbour and area were invited to enjoy a discounted boat ride, provided by Kincardine Boat Cruises.

And downtown, musician James Keelaghan provided live entertainment at Bankers Alley in the afternoon.

Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent

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