Windjammer Festival Delayed by Earl

Sept. 2, 2010: The Herald Gazette reports that the Windjammer Weekend Festival will officially begin on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m., after Hurricane Earl’s anticipated winds and rain have diminished. The festival was due to start Friday afternoon.

The decision to postpone the start of weekend festivities was made during a meeting held by the Camden Windjammer Festival Committee, along with fire and police department personnel, Town Manager Roberta Smith and meteorologist Ken McKinley.

“This is due to both the prospect of heavy rain and strong winds from Hurricane Earl Friday night into Saturday early afternoon and because we are a responsible community and don not want to hold an event that brings large crowds to town at a time when Emergency Management Agencies are likely to be counseling caution and limited travel,” said Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber Executive Director Dan Bookham, following the meeting.

Festivities will begin with abbreviated opening ceremonies at 4 p.m. on Saturday. With Earl expected to exit the Gulf of Maine, the festival will begin with outdoor and indoor events Saturday evening and continue through Sunday night.

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Camden Harbormaster Steve Pixley reminds boaters that all town docks will be closed for public dockage beginning Friday, Sept. 3 to provide space for the windjammer fleet. The large sailing craft are scheduled to arrive in Camden early in the afternoon. Pixley said docks would be available to the public again on Monday, Sept. 6.

He said a final decision would be made at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 as to whether the possible arrival of Hurricane Earl would cause cancellation of the weekend’s festivities.