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Annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival begins Friday

August 8, 2014

By David Anderson, The Aegis, Bel Air, Md.

Aug. 08--Thousands of people are expected to converge on Havre de Grace this weekend for the 34th annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival to take in a variety of seafood, crafts and live music from a nationally-known act.

The festival begins today (Friday) at 3 p.m. at Millard Tydings Memorial Park off Commerce Street, according to the festival website,

About 35,000 to 45,000 people usually attend the three-day festival each year, the festival's organizer, Lori Maslin, said.

The festival is put on by the nonprofit Havre de Grace Seafood Festival, Inc.

"They put a lot of passion into really making it a welcome festival for people that come into visit Havre de Grace," Brigitte Peters, director of tourism and marketing for the city, said of the organizers.

Peters said the festival helps bring in people from the Mid-Atlantic region, including many who have not visited Havre de Grace before.

"It's a nice way to experience our town and what we have to offer," she said.

Friday evening's entertainment includes a concert headlined by classic rock band Three Dog Night. The band released its first album in 1969 and is known for hit songs such as "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy to the World" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song."

The concert, which will be held in the swale of the City Yacht Basin at Tydings Park, begins at 6:30 p.m. with opening performances by the Baltimore School of Rock and Mallary Hope.

Concert tickets can be purchased by visiting the festival website; as of Wednesday, tickets were still available for lawn seating at $35 each, or $300 for a group of 10, and for general admission seating at $45 each, plus a $4 fee for both types of seats.

Admission to all other Seafood Festival activities is free.

The Friday festivities end at 8 p.m.; the festival continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Seafood will be available from 32 vendors; visitors can also take in arts and crafts from 120 additional vendors, plus a raffle, silent auction, classic car show and live music from local and regional acts.

"We have artisans, crafters, and you can't beat the location overlooking the Chesapeake Bay," organizer Lori Maslin said during a recent interview.

The Seafood Festival is one of several major events taking place in Harford County in August; the 13th annual Maryland State BBQ Bash takes place this weekend in downtown Bel Air.

The 25th annual Fiore Winery Wine, Jazz & Art Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Fiore Winery and Distillery in Pylesville.

The crowds are also expected to return to Tydings Park next weekend for the annual Havre de Grace Art Show, which will be held from Friday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 17.


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