Last-minute Labor Day fun

Day trips: Take your pick from regional delights

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comAugust 31, 2012 

If you didn’t make plans to take one final adventure for the summer, don’t fret. There are still plenty of events happening across the region to take advantage of this three-day holiday weekend, before the kids head off to school.

Here are some suggestions for a quick day trip should you not have a reservation to spend the night somewhere:

BREMERTON BLACKBERRY FESTIVAL

Where: Bremerton waterfront

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Monday

Information: blackberryfestival.org

The 23rd annual festival offers three days of activities, events, and shows plus 130 food and craft booths. The schedule includes a fun run, car show, music, touch tanks, fly-overs, chalk art contest and children’s shows.

COAL MINERS DAY

Where: Roslyn

When: Saturday and Sunday

Information: roslyndowntown.net

The 13th annual festival is a celebration of the area’s coal-mining history. Events include a parade, historic tours, the crowning of King Coal and vendors. Also in Roslyn, Runje Park will be the home of the second annual High Country Log Show on Saturday and Sunday.

HOOD CANAL HIGHLAND CELTIC FESTIVAL

Where: Theler Community Center, Belfair

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Information: hoodcanalhighlandfest.org

This is the second year for the festival, which features a Gathering of the clans, highland and Celtic entertainment, pipe bands and Celtic dancers, Scottish and Celtic vendors, highland games and demonstrations, and food vendors.

KELPER'S FESTIVAL AND SHAKE RAT RENDEZVOUS

Where: Pacific Beach and Moclips

When: Saturday through Monday

Information: pacificbeachwa.com/events.htm

The 33rd annual gathering will include a street dance, vendors, parades and Shake Rat events that highlight the timber skills that are part of the community fabric. The kids parade is noon Saturday and the adult parade is noon Sunday. The parade starts in Moclips and makes it way to downtown Pacific Beach.

PACKWOOD FLEA MARKET

Where: Downtown Packwood

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 9 a.m.-noon Monday

Information: destinationpackwood.com

Organizers estimate 30,000 people take in the mile-long flea market. Vendor booths are lined up along both sides of U.S. Highway 12. Vendors offer a variety of items, including antiques, toys, bird houses, tools, sporting goods and homemade crafts. Food vendors and local restaurants serve meals.

SAIL CAM ISLE

Where: Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Monday

Information: camanosail.com

Camano Sail and Power, State Parks and Recreation, and the Center For Wooden Boats are holding the inaugural Labor Day celebration of small boat sailing. There will be food, games, racing, crabbing and fishing. You can bring your own small boat or rent one from Camano Sail or Center for Wooden Boats. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.

WESTPORT SEAFOOD FEST AND CRAFT SHOW

Where: Westport

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Information: westportgrayland-chamber.org

The 66th annual event is a family feast with fresh fish, oysters and more. The festival also includes live music, vendors and local crafts on the grounds of the Maritime Museum. The cost is $15 for a seafood meal and includes a beverage. You also can take part in Operation Shore Patrol’s beach clean up that day.

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