BSL to celebrate harbor’s grand opening with second annual fest
By Geoff Belcher
Jul 23, 2014, 09:09
Bay Harbor Fest is scheduled for this weekend to mark the grand opening of the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor and Marina.
“We are inviting everyone to come by boat, kayak, paddle board, bike and car to this once-in-a-lifetime epic event and celebrate the grand opening of the Bay Municipal Harbor," festival organizer Mike Rosato said Monday.
The event is free and open to the public, and will take place entirely on the grounds and beach around the new harbor, Rosato said, with no street closures. Although all of the concerts are free, Rosato said, special VIP Meet and Greet packages will be available for purchase.
“Ticket quantities are limited," according to the Harbor Fest website. "For the Friday Michael Grimm concert, only 150 VIP + Meet and Greet tickets for $30 are available. Once those are sold out, VIP tickets will be available for purchase for $20."
Harbor Fest will also host fund raising events for Hope Haven, an adult and children's fishing tournament; a beach party near the Rutherford Pier; an art market, and food and beer court. The grand opening of the harbor is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday. Many local and state officials are expected to attend.
This year’s event will include a free Kids Fishing Rodeo from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. For more on that, call Freddie Sandrock at 228-323-2630.
This year’s entertainment line-up includes the nationally-renowned Michael Grimm, Sweet Crude, as well as Rochelle Harper on Friday night; Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, the Dana Abbott Band, Phil “Smooth” Williams and his band; Ed Wills & Blues 4 Sale; and Pat Murphy and the Jumpin’ Jukes on Saturday; and Will Kimbrough on Sunday.
There will also be a juried artk market; food fair; custom kite demonstrations and building by Kewl Kites; a 5K Fun Run, 2 Mile Run and 2 Mile Kayak race; Boaters' Rendezvous; classic restored boats; kayak rentals; and a special tribute to Jerry and Melva Fisher, owners of the popular Dock of the Bay, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
There will also be Mitchell Bros. carnival rides, a classic tugboat, and a Mardi Gras sculpture of Poseidon by Studio3 on site during the festival.
More information on this year's event can be obtained at bayharborfest.com, and look for the complete schedule in a special section inside today's edition of the Sea Coast Echo.