The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society will present the 11th Annual Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd, Oregon.
Boat rides around the lighthouse and lighthouse tours will be offered Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday between 11 and 4 p.m. Boats leave from the marina at Maumee Bay State Park. The cost is $40 ($35 for society members). Reservations are advised and may be made by calling Judy at 419-360-2914.
Folks who dig playing in the sand will enjoy the popular Sand Sculpting Contest, which will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Registration for those who’d like to participate is required by July 9. Theme categories are boats, fish, sea critters and lighthouses. The entry fee is $25 for businesses and $15 per family. For contest rules and other information, call 419-691-3788.
| The 11th annual Toledo Lighthouse Festival will feature
a Sand Sculpting Contest. (Press file photo by Ken
On both days, more than 50 artists and crafters will be set up in the Nautical Village offering lighthouse and nautical-themed items, along with handmade jewelry, yard art, clothing and more. Food offerings will include perch and shrimp, brats, funnel cakes, sandwiches, fries and more from Tom’s BBQ and more.
Toledo School of the Arts and Maumee Bay Campgrounds will offer children’s activities throughout the festival. Lighthouse photos submitted for the photo contest will be on display in the lodge at Maumee Bay State Park through July 13. Visitors are invited to stop in and vote for their favorites.
Saturday’s entertainment will include island music by Dick McCarthy at 10 a.m.; the Genoa American Legion Band from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Magician Andrew Martin at 1 p.m.; Beach Boys and hit tunes performed by Sweet Tea Band at 2 p.m.; Band of Brothers performing Jimmy Buffett and summer hits at 4:30 p.m. and Madison Avenue performing Summer Faves at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, the Genoa Legion Band returns to perform from 11-12:30 p.m., followed by Magician Andrew Martin at 12:30 p.m., Kapt Kurt performing Jimmy Buffett and more at 1:15 p.m. and the Toledo School for the Arts’ Steel Drummers performing from 3-5 p.m.
Funds raised from the festival will go toward the society’s efforts to restore the lighthouse, which is celebrating its 110-year anniversary in 2014.
For more information, visit toledolighthousefestival.org.