Sister Bay Hosts Annual Marina Fest

Photo by Len Villano

Sister Bay salutes boaters and entertains the public on the Saturday of Labor Day, Sept. 1. Taking place at the Sister Bay Marina, the event kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 8 – 10 am and ends with a bang of fireworks at dusk – complemented by decorated boats in the harbor.

In between, the day is filled with food, kids games, music from three bands including River City Six jazz ensemble from 10 am – 2 pm, country band Stone Sober from 2 – 5 pm, and pop/rock band Replica from 5 – 11 pm. Non profit organizations will serve up brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn, beer, soda, juices, malt beverages, nachos, popcorn, snow cones, cherry pie, ice cream, cheese curds, French fries, and Door County fresh caught whitefish sandwiches. Also, at 5:30 pm, the Wisconsin Strong May Show (as seen on ESPN) will take place, featuring several champions in the field of weight lifting.

Always popular is the display on land and water of classic wooden boats where the public can vote for their favorite choices. Out in the water as viewed from the piers, visitors can enjoy the award-winning waterski show of the Green Bay Water Board Warriors at 3 pm.

Those who wish to participate in a dingy race are welcome to report to that same water ski ramp at 12:30 pm.

From 10 am – 4 pm in the Big Tent, the Sister Bay Liberty Grove Library holds their giant book sale. A Nautical Flea Market with the sale of used items related to boating will also take place.

Always popular as a family event, this festival features a fantastic wooden model boat building tent, a craft tent, a Maritime Museum activity tent, and a dunk tank. All these activities are open from 10 am – 5 pm.

Jack Bunda served the marina for over 30 years and was the co-chair of the Marina Fest for 17 years before his death in 2011. At the family’s request, funds were established for a memorial. A replica lighthouse will be installed and dedicated at this year’s Marina Fest at 4:30 pm. The public is invited to a brief ceremony on the southernmost pier next to the old Bunda Boathouse behind the Village Hall.

In case of inclement weather the pancake breakfast goes to the fire station, the book sale to the Village Hall, the food and music stays under the big tent. The rain date for fireworks is Sept. 2.

For more information call 920.854.2812.