Nearly 100 pyrates from eight states will arrive at Put-in-Bay on Friday, June 19, for the start to Pyrate Fest VII: Bagley’s Bounty. Pyrate Fest has been extended to five days in 2015.
Pyrates will be welcomed to South Bass Island with cannon fire in DeRivera Park. On Saturday and Sunday the Pyrate Village and Pyrate Marketplace will be open in the park near Hartford and Delaware avenues from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be displays of period weapons, medicine, games, and cannon firing. And the Pyrates may even given a cooking demonstration.
On Saturday, enter the Adult Costume Contest for free and win a Cayman Islands Vacation for five-days during the Cayman’s Pirate Fest in November. Vacation prize donated by the Cayman Islands Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cobalt Blue Resort, DiveTech, and Cayman Island Airways. The prize is for two people and is open to everyone.
The Adult Costume Contest will take place at the Landshark Stage about 3 pm. You can register at the Pyrate Village beginning at 10 am. You can also pre-register at EventBrite. Again, no entry free.
There is also a Kids Costume Contest, as well as games, and a sword fight training class, a scavenger hunt sponsored by Stein Hospice, and a great time with Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack Sparrow and his krew.
The Kids Costume Contest takes place at 2 pm on Saturday at the Landshark Stage. Following the judging there will be a Walking Pyrate parade with the kids and adults. When the parade returns to the Landshark Stage area, judges will hand out the prizes for the Kids Costume Contest and the Adult Costume Contest will immediately follow.
Sunday morning Stein Hospice’s 5K Pyrate Run takes place around the island with proceeds benefitting the organization. Stein will be at the Pyrate Village on Saturday to register runners. The race begins at 9:30 am Sunday morning. Overall and age bracket winners will receive a Captain’s hat. Second place will receive a sword because they “sword-a won.” And third place winners will receive a plank.
Tuesday evening, the annual Cardboard Boat Races take place in the downtown harbor off the public boat ramp. Come down early and vote for “People’s Choice” and then watch the races from the Village of Put-in-Bay’s new docks in the municipal marina.
Pyrate Fest VII takes place during Put-in-Bay’s first Maritime Celebration. The US Brig Niagara, sponsored by the Jet Express and Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate, will be in port to protect everyone on the island from the invasion of pyrates.
You can tour the Niagara for $7 from 11 to 5pm Friday, and 11 to 7pm Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is welcome to attend a dockside reception with the ship’s captain and crew on the Jet Dock Friday, June 19, at 7pm. Tickets are $50 each and include a tour of the ship, appetizers and drinks. Go to VisitPutinBay.com, official website of the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, to order your tickets online.
Our Pyrate Fest Schedule is ready to print out from a pdf file you can download and print on your computer, and share with your friends.
Why Pyrate, and not Pirate?
We do get asked now and again why we choose to spell pyrate with a “y” and not an “i.”
Pyrates, although not confined to any geographical area, were mainly from Great Britain from the late 1600’s through the early 1800’s. They were most active in the 1700’s.
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry defeated the British fleet 10 miles north of South bass Island (Put-in-Bay) in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813 during the War of 1812. Later that year, the privateer (nice name for a pyrate) Jean Lafitte, helped the Americans win the Battle of New Orleans, another conflict in the War of 1812.
The early English spelling of pirate was pyrate with a “y.” Because of Put-in-Bay’s close historical association with the British in the Battle of Lake Erie, we decided to honor that history by having a “Pyrate Fest” where all pirates, pyrates, scallywags, privateers, buccaneers, wenches, sailors and landlubbers are welcome.
And National Park Rangers, dressed in 1812 military uniforms, give several informative talks during Pyrate Fest each year.
We also figured we’d get a lot of questions. And we’re in the question answering business!
Come and find out why being a “pyrate” is more fun than just being any plain ole’ pirate at Put-in-Bay’s Pyrate Fest!