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Drayton Harbor Days / Prestigious George Raft Race

Tall ShipsOn the first Saturday and Sunday every August Drayton Harbor Days waterfront festival brings together family, friends, and the community for a celebration of Maritime fun. All events this year will take place at the Blaine Marina, 235 Marine Dr, just off 1-5, exit 276. 

The Northwest Steam Society will have a selection of steamboats parked along the docks for viewing. There will be an array of boats on display including wooden, classic plastic, Further, this year there will be 30 steamboats on display at Gate ll visitor’s dock, below the Harbor Master’s office Blaine Harbor Marina a model boat collection will be displayed in the Blaine Harbor Boating Center across from the Harbor Master’s Office. Come early on Saturday to join in the 5k Run to the Border and then stop off at the Community Center to enjoy a pancake breakfast served 8-11 am. At the Blaine Harbor Boating Center, enjoy live music throughout the day, arts and crafts booths from 10-5 pm, and prize drawings including a chance to win tickets to the Birch Bay Waterslides. Kids will have a merry time with games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt! Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District is offering the opportunity for kids ages 3 and up to participate in Pirate Daze Games by the Pirate Ship Playground at Marine Park from 11 to 2 pm. Show off your pirate costume and join the parade for judging of the pirate costume contest at noon. Kids and Adults dressed in their pirate best have a chance to win a bounty of prizes! 

George Raft RaceGeorge Raft Race

The prestigious Race named after the Hollywood actor of the same name originated in merry old England where contestants from a certain village there would build rafts out of “stuff’ left about and would race along a stream. Englishmen and local canvas Shop owner Bob Knapp revived this race here a number of years ago. Rules are that the raft material needs not to be purchased and the contestants has to be on top of the raft not in it. Each race participant will be requested to sign the hold-harmless agreement below.  Please consult a physician prior to participation, if there is any question about your health status.
 
The water temperature of Harbor Marina is relatively warm compared to the waters of the Puget Sound; however, all participants are required to use a suitable floatation device.  All participants will sign in before entering the race.
This year's annual Prestigious George Raft Race will commence at 1 pm Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Blaine Harbor public boat launch and will conclude at the visitor’s dock. (Gate ll), below the Harbor Master’s Office. Participants paddle homemade rafts built from recycled floatable materials. This event is modeled in part from Devonshire's River Lyn annual raft race that has taken place in England since the middle ages. All are welcome to join in the raft race or just watch the excitement as spectators. The first place winner will take home bragging rights and a one-year ownership of the coveted Prestigious George Raft Race Trophy. To download the Hold Harmless Form for the race, click here.
Take a ride on the historic Plover Ferry to Semiahmoo Spit both Saturday from 12 - 8 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm. On Saturday, finish the day by enjoying a movie under the stars at 9:00 pm at Blaine Marine Park.

The fun continues on Sunday with more arts and crafts vendors, kid’s activities, Plover ferry rides, and boat displays. Bring your pets, dressed up in costume or to show off their latest tricks, for a chance to win a prize in the pet contest at the Blaine Boating Center at 1 pm! 

For More Information: 
Blaine Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544 v.ww.blainechamber.com, or Port of Bellingham, Blaine Harbor Office, 360-647-6176. 
Media Contact Information: Debbie Harger-City of Blaine 360-543-9982 Festival Activities: Carroll Solomon-Blaine Visitor Center-360-332-4544 George Raft Race-Richard Sturgill: (rcs3-dhm@comcast.net)
Event Sponsors: City of Blaine, Blaine Chamber of Commerce, Port of Bellingham-Blaine Harbor, Drayton Harbor Maritime, Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District #2, Paso del Norte