PirateFest is coming to Kent Island VFD
CHESTER — The Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department will host the 2016 PirateFest, Boat Show and Drink Delmarva Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13, at the firehouse, 1610 Main St., to raise funds for the fire department.
Admission to this two-day, family-oriented, pirate-themed festival is free. The festival is presented by The Star Democrat and Bay Times to benefit the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department in its effort to purchase and maintain a new ambulance for the community. Jody Schulz, the fire department president, is a stalwart in Queen Anne’s County and is a tireless worker when it comes to enriching and bettering the lives of those who call the Eastern Shore home.
“The lion’s share of our operating budget for the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department comes from donations and events, such as this festival. It never ceases to amaze me the level of support that Queen Anne’s County and the surrounding Eastern Shore area continues to offer us,” Schulz said. “The proceeds from this festival will help us to purchase and maintain our new ambulance, making your emergency situations much safer in the years to come. We are honored and humbled by the level of support and participation by everyone involved with this event.”
The KIVFD will offer free tours of the firehouse with opportunities for children to pose for pictures with the firemen and the equipment. The first 250 children in attendance will receive their very own fire hat.
The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Gary Hofmann will be on hand with a variety of informational handouts and activities. Anne Arundel Medical Center also will host activities and demonstrations.
Keeping with the theme, children and adults alike are encouraged to attend dressed in their best pirate garb. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
There will be vendors galore with dozens of crafters, artisans and local businesses manning booths for the holiday shopping convenience. KIVFD will be operating a cash bar offering its Orange Crush, Rum Punch, beer and wine by the glass, as well as mixed drinks.
Once of he highlights of the event will be the “Drink Delmarva” tent, sponsored by Eastern Shore Dental Care. The tent will be filled with local and regional purveyors of rums, spirits, wines and craft beers. A $20 entrance fee will enable festivalgoers the opportunity to try unlimited samples of more than 50 brands.
Eastern Shore Dental Care is excited to sponsor the 2016 PirateFest and tasting event. The practice, operated by Dr. Scott Billings and Dr. Christopher Murphy, has proudly called Kent Island home for more than 30 years.
“We’re so thrilled about the opportunity to help raise money for a cause that will directly impact the quality and safety of the emer- gency medical services right here in Queen Anne’s County,” Billings said. “The KIVFD means so much to so many people In this area. And that is why we hope this event is a huge success, for the betterment of everyone who lives and works on the Shore.”
Blackwater Distilling, Maryland’s premier craft distillery, was founded on a vision of reviving Maryland’s distinguished distilling heritage by crafting premium-quality spirits using the finest ingredients, supporting local farms, businesses and the community and is proud to support KIVFD by being involved in PirateFest, said Jon Cook, Blackwater Distilling’s chief operating officer.
“KIVFD is an important part of our local community so we are proud to participate in events that benefit the first responders who work year round to make our community safer. Blackwater Distilling is a pioneering brand obsessed with quality, innovation and a love of the craft. We look forward to providing our quality offerings to our fans at the event,” Cook said.
With the 2016 boating season winding down, close-out deals from local and regional boat dealers will be available. Dozens of boats will be on display with “boat show pricing.” Local and regional par ticipating dealers include Wye River Marine, Annapolis Boat Sales, Annapolis Yachts Sales, Clarks Landing, Knott 10, Pocket Yachts, Chesapeake Whalertown, Tri State Marine, Jim’s Marine, BOE, AM PM Marine, A&M Marine and other marine service providers.
Fred Frederick Ram of Easton is the official truck dealer of the boat show and will be on hand with special savings on Dodge Ram trucks.
Fletch Gowen, general manager of Fred Frederick Dodge Ram, said, “We have been supporting first responders and local fire departments for years, providing additional purchase discounts and vehicle solutions for emergency response. We are excited to once again give our support with this event, helping the Kent Island Fire Department raise money.”
Festival goers are encouraged to wear their best pirate garb.
KIVFD President Jody Schulz invites the community to PirateFest on Nov. 12 and 13.