OLCOTT – Dig up that eye patch and prop a parrot on your shoulder – the annual Pirate Festival is scheduled Friday, Saturday and next Sunday in Krull Park.
Things kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with carnival rides, live music from Hair Nation, various vendors, food and a beer tent (for ages 21 and older), running until midnight. The parade gets started at noon Saturday, with participants and spectators encouraged to wear pirate-themed costumes. Rides, live music, vendors, food and drink continue until midnight. Saturday’s live music lineup includes Jim Sansone from 1 to 4 p.m.; the Diva Show Band from 4 to 7:30; and the Teasers from 8 to midnight.
The event also runs from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring Jonesie and the Pirates from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
“We have quite a few new vendors this year, too,” said Robert Horanburg, who is the event chairman for the Olcott Fire Company, which sponsors the event. “We have vendors selling sunglasses, T-shirts, crafts, leather items and pirate-type things, for example. We also have information booths and pony rides for the kids.
“And we have Ye Pyrate Brotherhood here,” he said. “They dress up like pirates and put on plays and pretend to fight and interact with the kids and with the adults, too.”
Ye Pyrate Brotherhood formed a decade ago and travels along the East Coast bringing historical education and theatrical entertainment to people in the form of 17th century re-enactment. Its members depict buccaneers, privateers and pirates, according to its website www.yepyratebrotherhood.com.
In addition, the Pirate Festival Car Show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Awards will be given to the top show cars, music will provided by DJ the Dee Jay, and 50/50 raffles will be offered. Preregistration for cars is $10, or $12 the day of the show. A portion of the proceeds goes to the fire company. There is free admission for spectators. Participants may register their cars at www.PirateAutoShow.com.
This is the third year for the car show.
“Even with the storm we had last year, we still had 150 to 160 cars, which was pretty good,” said one of the car show organizers, Ray Catanesi. “We give a portion of the proceeds to the Olcott Fire Company to help them out.”
“We give out 100 awards at the auto show,” he added. “This is growing every year, and I think we’ll have a real good show this year if we have a nice day.”
The Pirate Festival is a major fundraiser for the volunteer fire company.
“We’re saving for a new rescue truck, and that will cost us around $230,000 or so,” said Horanburg. “This has been an ongoing project for the past five to seven years. We set aside funds for new equipment, and we’ve been fortunate to get quite a few grants for things like monitors and fuel for our boat. But a new rescue truck is a big chunk, and we’re just a small company.”
Horanburg said he’s been with the company “my whole life. My dad was fire chief, my grandfather was chief. I was an assistant chief and the boat chief, and I’ve been the committee chairman for the festival for almost 10 years ... This is definitely a family event,” he said. “It’s something the whole family can enjoy.”
It’s also a chance to bring people down to the lakefront to patronize the local businesses and restaurants, he added, as well as the nearby boardwalk and Olcott Beach Carousel Park.