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Dive into family fun at the Fisherman’s Fall Festival this weekend

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The 30th Annual Fisherman’s Fall Festival is this Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fisherman’s Terminal.

The 30th Annual Fisherman’s Fall Festival is this Saturday, September 15, and it’s time to get hooked on a day full of fresh seafood, live musical performances, and helping others in the community.

We’ve reeled in a few Festival highlights below:

Food, food, and more food. Come to the festival with your tummy empty and a hunger for victory if you think you have what it takes to slurp up some seafood at record speed. Choose to compete in the Lutefisk Eating Contest or the Oyster Slurp Contest and show off your speed-eating skills. The two contests are limited to the first 10 contestants that sign up, and both offer some nice prizes.

For those who prefer to eat normal amounts of seafood at a leisurely pace, there’s plenty of Salmon BBQ to go around. Each meal comes with a drink, fresh corn-on-the-cob, and dessert, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit that supports commercial fishers and their families. Not a seafood fan? Hot dogs will also be served.

You’ll also find Bering Sea Crab Melts, Crab Bisque, and Alaska Weathervane Scallops. Attendees aged 21+ can wash their meal down with a beverage in the Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden which will stay open for the duration of the festival.

Survival suit races. This race is a crowd-pleaser and a fun way to learn a little about the safety gear that saves lives on fishing vessels. Climb into a survival suit and, along with the rest of your team of four, swim out to the raft anchored 150 feet from the dock. The team with the fastest time wins.

Participation is free, survival suits are provided, and kids can participate with parental consent. (Fun fact: this race highlights the safety gear used on the vessels of “Deadliest Catch!).

Kid-friendly activities. There are tons of events for kids at the Festival. Help yours make a fish print, create some shell art, or try their hand in a “Fishing for Fun” fish pond. There will also be face painting, a jumpy ship, balloon artists, miniature wooden boat building, and other cool crafts for kids of all ages.

On the stage, kids can see a performance by Inochi Taiko Traditional Japanese Drummers, watch the Reptile Man show off his assortment of exotic reptiles, and check out Hoopsmiles, an interactive hoop show with Jon Coyne.

The 30th Annual Fisherman’s Fall Festival is this Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fisherman’s Terminal. To learn more, visit fishermensfallfestival.org.

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