Seagull calling contest, wings cook-off on Saturday

Fathoms O’ Fun event is on Saturday, May 26 at Waterfront Park in Port Orchard.

PORT ORCHARD — Here’s a final call to “get your squawk on” in time for the annual Port Orchard Seagull Calling Contest on Saturday, May 26, at Waterfront Park.

All squawkers — elite, professional, amateur and even real seagulls — need to waddle their way to the waterfront steps to the beach just before 1 p.m. That’s when a wig-donned assortment of city, county and state government officials — and maybe an at-large dignitary of some sort — will assemble to judge the ear-splitting tonal quality of the calls and exuberance of the contestants.

The event is hosted by the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce. As noted by Matt Murphy, the chamber’s executive director, the contest is not always fair — Murphy says bribing the seagulls and judges in this whimsical event is legal and often effective.

Prior to the Seagull Calling Contest will be taste testing during the Seagull Wings Cook-Off. At 2:30 p.m. at the Port Orchard Marina, the second annual South Kitsap Wolf Pack Invitational Crew Regatta will take place. The regatta was a success in its inaugural run last year.

Presented by Fathoms O’ Fun and sponsored by Windermere Real Estate, spectators can watch the race at Port Orchard Marina.

Competing against the South Kitsap Wolf Pack crew team will be the Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association from Port Townsend. South Kitsap is the only high school in the state — and perhaps the Pacific Northwest — to have a crew team, said Sharron King, chairwoman of Fathoms O’ Fun Festival.

The races will include varsity four-man and eight-man teams, as well as a novice eight-man team, for a total of six races.

An awards ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the race at the Port of Bremerton bleacher area. In addition, there will be a new boat christening of the Ignis (Latin for “fire”) near the Soroptimist Overlook area.

Check the Wolf Pack crew’s Facebook page for information.

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