Annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival 2020
It's the annual event to celebrate the "unscrubbed" community founder of Fairhaven, Dirty Dan Harris! There will be loads of fun to be had all day!
Plan to enjoy...
- live music
- great food, the Historic Fairhaven Association information booth, face painting, non profit, street and service vendors
- family-fun activities such as a Peoples Bank fish toss (12:30 pm) for adults and kids and the legendary Dirty Dan look-a-like, 1800's dress and Steampunk contests (4:30 pm)
- Sign ups for the fish toss and donut contests are in the morning on a first come basis.
- Period costumes are encouraged whether you take part in the contest or not; dogs are welcome to this event--especially those dressed for the occasion (but no contest will be held for them, sorry!) Anyone in costume is welcome to enter the costume contest.
- the Dan Harris Challenge Rowing Race at nearby Marine Park (10am)--for rowers and paddlers of all types, inspired by Dan Harris's cross-border rum-rowing adventures
- the always exciting high-noon uphill piano race between teams from area businesses - don't be late as sometimes the race happens before noon.
- the "Dirty Dan Sidewalk Saloon" - serving beer and wine to 21+ from noon - 5pm
- information and historical insight from the strolling Fairhaven Ladies of the Evening, Dirty Dan Harris and others
- live feed by media sponsors KAFE 104.1
Also traditionally happening the same day in the morning is the opportunity to witness throwing, hand-building, carving, decorating and raku-firing demos at Good Earth Pottery; and at Artwood Gallery, with meet-the-artist opportunities as well as wood carving demonstrations with Artwood craftsman Jim Hume.
A bit of history for you: In 1854, Dan Harris arrived on the shore of Bellingham Bay as a 21-year-old adventurer. He became a legend as a homesteader, land owner, smuggler, hotel owner, and seaman, who founded Fairhaven in 1883. He also picked up the colorful nickname “Dirty Dan” due to his infrequent bathing. Dan’s amazing feats include traveling by rowboat between Fairhaven and Victoria, B.C. A shrewd business man, he once rolled his piano out of the Fairhaven Hotel in 1890 and straight down Harris Avenue into the bay after the hotel’s new owner wouldn’t pay for it.
The Dirty Dan Harris Festival is produced by the Historic Fairhaven Association, a non-profit organization that promotes and preserves the historical character of Fairhaven and also puts on the district festivals.
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