NORTH WILDWOOD – The 6th Annual Wildwoods’ Maritime Festival will be held at the historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The 1874 Gothic-style beacon is located at 111 North Central Avenue in North Wildwood, NJ.
The festival will highlight New Jersey’s rich maritime history – dozens of artists and crafters from around the country are expected to exhibit as well as numerous non-profit marine and historical organizations. Historical displays are planned, meet pirates of “Bloody Historical” at the pirate encampment, and tour the 19th century lighthouse and award-winning Victorian Gardens for a fee of $5 for adults and $1 for children. A children’s activity area is planned; live music by Grammy nominated musician Lew London will be featured; and delicious festival food will round out the festivities.
Saturday, June 20 will feature the 2nd Annual Best Dressed Pirate Contest where participants are encouraged to dress in their best pirate costumes and roam the streets, entertain the crowds, or simply show off their rags. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. and prizes will be awarded to the Best Male Adult Pirate, Best Female Adult Pirate, Best Boy Pirate and Best Girl Pirate.
Also, meet award-winning author Steve Murray and award-winning artist Donna Elias of the new children’s book “To the Lighthouse!” who will be on site throughout the festival for a special book signing event. Author Lee Ireland of “America’s Pirates and Their Hidden Treasures” will be signing books as well from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
The festival will be held rain or shine and admission is FREE.
For additional information about the Maritime Festival, visit www.HerefordLighthouseFestivals.org or call 609-522-4520.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.