Working Waterfront Festival Attracts Visitors To City Piers
New Bedford's Tourism Director says the Working Waterfront Festival is a perfect event for a September weekend in the city. The 12th annual festival was held Saturday and Sunday with hundreds of visitors showing up both days.
Among the attractions were a tugboat muster, a fisherman's fashion show, cooking demonstrations, and much more.
Toursim Director Dagny Ashley says the weather was perfect and the harbor was picturesque. "Look how beautiful it is, look at the back drop of the fishing boats, all the demonstrations and contests happening, it's a great way to celebrate New Bedford's Working Waterfront," she said.
There was a steady stream of visitor onboard the scalloper "Growler," tied up on the eastern side of Pier Three.
Crew-member Matt Viera tells WBSM News, financial reasons prompted him to join the crew. "I was running a lobster boat and I knew and could come here and do this, and do just as well or better and have half the year off." Viera also has his own welding business. He says the "Growler" has many comforts and amenities on board, but fishermen often don't get the time to enjoy them.
The two day festival also featured delicous seafood dinners, equipment demonstrations, a farmers market, whaleboat rides, and the blessing of the fleet.