Whale Ho! HarborFest Returns to Sag Harbor

The teams from Sag Harbor Liquors and John K. Ott arrive on the beach in a virtual dead heat during a whaleboat race elimination round during the second day of HarborFest 2012 on Sunday, 9/16/12

Sag HarborFest will return for its 56thyear this weekend — Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8. Featuring the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Arts and Crafts Fair in Marine Park, the Whale of a Sale Sidewalk Sale on Main Street, food vendors, classic boats, children’s activities and the Sag Harbor Community Band on Long Wharf, HarborFest’s signature event, the Whaleboat Races, will be held both Saturday and Sunday on Windmill Beach, where old fashioned tug-of-war and corn shucking contests will also take place.

Described as one of the largest block parties — stretching from the John Jermain Memorial Library and the Sag Harbor Historical Society’s Annie Cooper Boyd House on Main Street down to the end of Long Wharf — HarborFest begins early Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the opening of the Arts and Crafts Fair and the Whale of Sale and culminates with live music featuring Gene Casey and the Long Sharks at 6 p.m. and The Complete Unknowns at 8 p.m. on Long Wharf. Sunday’s festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the Whaleboat Race Championship at 3 p.m. at Windmill Beach.

For a complete schedule, visit sagharborchamber.com or pick up your copy of Festivalmagazine, available in this week’s edition of The Sag Harbor Expressand on newsstands across the North and South forks.