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Majestic skipjacks will race, boat docking and more for Labor Day fest

by DrewLUD


For the 62nd year, 2021 will feature a skipjack race on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, just off the shores of Deal Island. A slew of other family-friendly activities are planned throughout the festival weekend, too.

Two local organizations, the Deal Island-Chance Lions Club and Skipjack Heritage Inc., work together to host the Deal Island Skipjack Race and Festival. Several of the skipjacks participating in the race are registered National Historic Landmarks, and are over 100 years old.

The Chesapeake sailboats were originally designed to harvest oysters. Once in the hundreds, some say thousands, fewer than 20 continue to work on the water today. The Skipjack Race and Festival offers a chance to view the largest congregation of the remaining fleet and to celebrate authentic Chesapeake heritage.

The 61st annual Skipjack Race was held on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 near Deal Island.

Local artisans offer festival-goers a chance to purchase unique, handmade crafts and art. Food vendors will serve up local seafood and traditional festival fare and the blessing of the fleet, local parade, live music, silent auction and exhibits round out the weekend. 

This year also offers a return to traditional boat docking. The Working Watermen’s Boat Docking Contest, sponsored by Scott’s Cove Marina, will provide an opportunity for 3-person boat docking teams to compete for $10,000 in prize money. The first place winner will take home a $6,000 prize. This is the largest purse on record for this event.


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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service