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Harbor Days gets back on track after wet Saturday

After more than a half-inch of rain fell in the Olympia area Saturday, the skies parted Sunday and the sun shined brightly on the final day of Harbor Days.

Harbor Days is a longtime maritime festival — this past weekend was the 41st annual — that is organized by Olympia Kiwanis and takes place along Percival Landing.

The highlight of the three-day festival is Sunday’s tugboat races, in which small, medium and large tugs race around Budd Inlet.

Although it rained Saturday, Harbor Days Executive Director Shelly Lively still called the festival a success and said that, rain or shine, people came out to participate.

While the tugs were busy on Budd Inlet, there still was plenty to see and do along the waterfront, including the chance to a ride a train.

Kitsap Live Steamers, a nonprofit based in Port Orchard, brought about 150 feet of its 7.5 gauge track and set it up on the Port Plaza.

The organization has been around since 1990, immediate past president Ken Olsen said, and operates a mile-long track in Port Orchard.

The group brought a steam-powered train and a battery-powered train, and then entertained visitors by giving free rides, though they accepted donations.

Kitsap Live Steamers President Erik Meehan said Saturday was a washout, but things got right back on track Sunday, with children and parents lining up to take the short rides.

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