PORT CLINTON – The Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy annual lighthouse and sea festivaltaking place at Waterworks Park on Saturday is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.
Also coming this year is a Plein Air Art Show sponsored by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council and Port Clinton’s first-ever Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show featuring more than a dozen classic small boats. Additionally, this year’s festival will feature live music, children’s events, nautical vendors, delicious food, demonstrations, historical lectures and free tours of Port Clinton’s historic 126-year-old Pier Light. The festival runs from 10:45 am to 5:00 pm; Admission is free.
The festival will begin with an opening ceremony featuring the presentation of the colors by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a performance of the national anthem by Rosemary Schram, after which Mayor Mike Snider will introduce US Representative Marcy Kaptur, who will deliver the keynote address.
John Davenport to pay tribute to John Prine
For musical entertainment, John Davenport will perform a tribute to the late singer/songwriter John Prine and the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band, a perennial local favorite. To satisfy hungry appetites, the Rotary Club Perch Wagon will again be on hand, as will Gaucho and Gringo and X-Treme Cuisine.
An “Arts & Craft Tent” sponsored by Lilly and Gert invites children to paint and do handicrafts as well as a scavenger hunt. For the adults, there is the Speaker’s Tent, where John Gibson will speak on the subject of Prohibition, Bob Reynolds will narrate a video narrating the “Voyage of the Onward,” and Conservancy President will share a history of the Port Clinton Light Station. Throughout the day, instructors guide visitors through the historic lighthouse for free.
Local artists will once again compete for the best portrait of the lighthouse, with the winner receiving a $100 cash prize. The winning image will be featured on next year’s festival poster.
Raffle models of the lighthouse
The Hegeamt will be holding a raffle where winning ticket holders will receive a beautiful model of the Port Clinton Lighthouse, a lighthouse print signed by Ben Richmond, a lighthouse doormat and other items. The owner of the boat that won Best in Show at the Antique Boat Show will also receive a model of the Port Clinton Lighthouse.
The Lighthouse Festival is hosted by the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, which restores, owns and operates the Port Clinton Lighthouse, which operated from 1896 to 1952 on the west pier at the mouth of the Portage River.
The Conservancy created the festival as a fundraiser for the lighthouse and to showcase both the historic structure and rich maritime history of Port Clinton. The festival, which has not been held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, takes place on the third Saturday in August to coincide with the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which honors lighthouses around the world and radio operators who communicate with the various light stations possible.