Pender Harbour Days 2017: More Info
Buttercup Returns to Pender Harbour
A highlight of the third annual Pender Harbour Days (July 7-9) is the return of an Allen Farrell boat to the Harbour. The 18’ sailing dory, Buttercup, originally named Peace and Quiet, will arrive at the Madeira Park Gov't Dock on Sunday, July 9 around noon sporting her distinctive junk-rigged sail and escorted by the Garden Bay Sailing Club.
The next chapter in the life of Buttercup begins as she returns from Sunshine Coast Museum in Gibsons, where she has been in safe-keeping and shown off in dry-land displays for over a decade, lovingly maintained, refurbished and cared for by boatbuilder Larry Westlake.
Track Buttercup as she sails from Gibsons to Pender Harbour, July 4-9, 2017!
Buttercup will depart from Gibsons Harbour a few days before the event, and make her way up to Pender Harbour for July 9. Spectators can track her journey via a GPS broadcast to penderharbourheritage.ca/buttercup. She will be visible from shore in many places and is always camera ready! Share your photos to the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Facebook page or Pender Harbour Chamber Facebook page.
Junior Fishing Derby
'Shuck Off' Oyster shucking contest
Saturday, 11 am - noon
Join in the "Shuck Off" oyster shucking contest! Free to enter. The contestants with the most correctly shucked oysters win prizes!
Register now and Get Your Shuck On!
Shucked oysters will be sold after the competition for $2 each. Lunch? Yum!
Hosted by Mad Park Bistro. Oysters supplied by Sechelt Fish Market.
Log Sawing Contest
Saturday, 2:30-3:30 pm
Teams of two will pit their skills, strength and speed against each other using old-fashioned whip saws on some hefty logs. Come watch and cheer on your favourite team, or grab a partner and enter your own team! Prizes include some delicious single malt scotch, and other fitting spirits. Men's and women's competitions will be held. Free to enter.
Register your team!
Sponsored by Green Vista Contracting Inc.
Heritage Talk: Flags of Our Fleet
Sunday, 10 am - noon
Pender Harbour School of Music
On Sunday at the Pender Harbour School of Music, the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society presents Flags of Our Fleet, a celebration of the colourful insignia that once identified fishing boats, forestry boats and vessels of the Union Steamship company plying waters of the Sunshine Coast.
Researcher and educator Isaac Vanderhorst of the West Vancouver Museum will speak on the history of the flags, with a question period and refreshments to follow.
The Scoular family collection of fishing boat flags will be on public display for the first time.
Canoe Raffle, 50/50 Draw, and Prize Draws
Sunday: As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts for the Pender Harbour Days festival and for other events and heritage projects in the area, we are raffling off a newly-built cedar strip canoe, made earlier this year in a Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society boatbuilding class led by boatbuilder Rick Crook of Oyster Bay Boats.
Tickets are $10 and available all weekend long at Pender Harbour Days at the Madeira Park Wharf area.
We'll also be having a 50/50 draw and will be giving away lots of other great prizes donated by local businesses and sponsors. Look for the pirates selling 50/50 tickets all weekend long. Arrrrh, Matey!