The Working Waterfront Festival has been very busy trying to make the event the best it can be, and people are taking notice! The Festival was awarded the 2006 Spirit of Commerce and Industry Award by the Southeastern Massachusetts Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. The American Bus Association had selected the Festival as a 2007 Top 100 Event in North America! The Festival, that year, was only one of three events in Massachusetts selected for this award. In September of 2011, the Working Waterfront Festival was named one of the world’s “Top 20 Travel Events” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine! And now, once again, the American Bus Association has tapped the Working Waterfront Festival as a 2015 Top 100 Event in North America.

This is great news for our city and our local economy. Kudos go out to Mayor Jon Mitchell and Dagny Ashley, in charge of local tourism. There are two other hard-working people who deserve a standing ovation. Laura Orleans, director of the festival and her right hand partner, Kirsten Bendikson. These two loyal founders deserve to be applauded and acknowledged for their years of dedication.

This September 26 and 27, this nationally recognized event, will welcome visitors near and far away. Those who attend will get a first class education about America's oldest industry, commercial fishing. The festival will feature: freshly prepared seafood, cooking demonstrations, scallop boat and vessel tours, tug boat muster, whaleboat races, tattoo contest, performers, authors, exhibitors and children's activities. Admission is free and you can get all of your questions answered at

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