CAMDEN — The annual Camden Windjammer Festival will welcome the largest gathering of schooners in North America on Sept. 2, as ships arrive to Camden’s inner harbor in procession.

Kicking off the three-day festival, Set. 2-4, celebrating Maine’s maritime heritage and the coast’s windjammer history, the fleet is expected to be welcomed by thousands who flock to the area for a taste of the seafaring life.

Festival events include: Lobster crate races, build-a-boat contest, chowder challenge, first fish relay race, music, fireworks, nautical exhibits and more.

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The Camden Windjammer festival is a celebration of sailing and heritage as marked by passenger sailing expeditions that, in Camden, began in the 1930s. The festival will feature an abundance of sailing tours available for visitors as well as on-land activities for all ages. Adventurous attendees can create their own floating vessel on Saturday to launch at noon on Sunday for a chance to win the trophy in the annual Build-a-Boat race, fun for participants and spectators alike.

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