By SHARRON KINGFathoms chair
Summer greetings to all the wonder-ful residents of Port Orchard, Kitsap County and beyond!Time to kick off the summer. The Fathoms O Fun Festival board would per-sonally like to invite you to come and enjoy the many activities taking place June 24-26 in downtown Port Orchard including the Grand Parade and summer festival. Your Fathoms board and volunteers work very hard all year long to bring great events to Port Orchard.
We will have more than 60 vendors to tickle your shopping delight beginning on Friday at noon through 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (See the schedule of events online for those days.)
On Friday from 6-8 p.m. we will be hav-ing our first-ever dance party/karaoke. On Saturday afternoon, prior to the parade, Unusual Suspects will play classic rock from 3-5 p.m. under the gazebo. We want everyone to come to the Marina Waterfront Park and have fun.
Start Saturday by joining us for the second annual pancake breakfast at the Lighthouse Restaurant from 8:30 11 a.m., to help raise money for the Fathoms fire-works show. Cost is $10 per person. Many thanks to Brooks Konig and his great crew at the Lighthouse for their help with this.
Our Grand Parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday and will dazzle you with all the thrills and delights of a parade including eight out-of-town community festival floats and our very own award-winning float, drill teams, drum lines, novelty entries, car clubs, commercial units, horses and more.
Id like to, once again, personally thank Jessie and Jud Turner for their commitment and dedication to Fathoms and the 26 years that they have been in charge of the parade. And thanks to all the great volunteers that help put on this hometown parade, and the more than 1,100 folks in the parade alone.
This year over Memorial Day Weekend, we had our third annual Seagull Splat 5K Run. Our run numbers increased despite the Northwest drizzle. All run time records were broken. It was a splatting success. We invite you to do the run next year. It was a rainy weekend, so we know a lot of folks stayed away. We anticipate moving the Pirates Rendezvous and Seagull Splat run to the second weekend in June for 2017, and thus, take it off of a three-day holiday weekend.
It is hard to imagine all the hours that go
into making these events happen. Our Fathoms O Fun Royal Court puts in many public appearances and can be seen at com-munity and business
events. By the time their reign
is up, they will have cumulatively put in more than 1,500 hours. Come meet them on parade weekend. Bring your younger children down to Color with a Princess. Thank you to the Royal Court members for their dedication and service to Fathoms and the Port Orchard community.
Our Thursday concert series has started and will continue every Thursday with a final concert on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Taste of Port Orchard. We have great con-certs scheduled so come on down, and not only enjoy the free concerts but enjoy the beautiful marina, visit with old friends, meet some new friends, watch the kids play in the park as you listen to the great music, and just capture all there is to enjoy on the waterfront. Check our website at www.fath-omsofun.org for full the concert listing.
The 4th of July Grand Fireworks Show over Sinclair Inlet, sponsored by WAVE Cable for the ninth year, will bring a lot of activity to the downtown waterfront with various bands scheduled to play from noon to 10:30 p.m. on July 4. This annual show brings upwards to 60,000 spectators. I cant begin to tell you how hard it is year after year to raise the $25,000-plus that is needed for the fireworks. Each year it gets harder.
If the citizens of Port Orchard and Bremerton would go to our website and click on the donate button, we could put on a larger show. We really need communi-ty support. Everyone has watched a free show for more than 30 years. The 50th anniversary of Fathoms is next year and we would like to have a $50,000 show to cel-ebrate! Wont you help us reach that goal?
On the second Sunday in August, McDonalds, as the official sponsor, will proudly present the Fathoms O Fun Festival by the Bay, hosting a great craft and vendor show in conjunction with the Saints Car Club Cruz 2016. This one-day event draws nearly 25,000 people. Come
enjoy good times, good fun, good food and try your luck at dunking the Fathoms Court at the dunk tank. Dunk tank fees fund our Fathoms Scholarship Program.
In November, Fathoms will host the fourth annual Breakfast with Santa at the Eagles Hall to help raise funds for our Royalty Scholarship Program. Not only will you get to enjoy a great breakfast, but you will also have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with Santa by Deford Photography.
We have wonderful sponsors for our events and appreciate their continued sup-port; our major sponsor WAVE the Sinclair Inlet Fireworks sponsor for the ninth year; Columbia Bank - Grand Parade sponsor for the 14th year; Kitsap Bank, Peninsula Federal Credit Union, Port of Bremerton and the City of Port Orchard - Concerts by the Bay. We wish to thank our Pirates Rendezvous contributors. they are The Candy Shoppe, Nostalgia Bakery, Central Dock, and Bruce Titus Ford. Many thanks to our event sponsor for the Seagull Splat Run Kitsap Physical Therapy, and contributors of prizes to the runners, West Side Pizza, Harbor Massage & Wellness Center, and Gary Lidstrom - John L. Scott for the water.
Special thanks to Sound Storage and Mile Hill Self-Storage for taking care of our storage needs. We could not put on these events without the much needed support and funding provided by these great busi-
nesses.You spoke. We listened, and did try to
bring the carnival back to Port Orchard. Unfortunately, it was just too cost prohibi-tive for us to do that since we (Fathoms) had to provide alternate parking spaces for 80-plus paid parkers on the waterfront. For our 50th Anniversary next year, Fathoms wants to bring back the Dinghy Derby. So start planning your homemade entry now.
My personal thanks and applause to each and every board member who work round the clock to bring you events: Shirley DeFord vice chair, professional photog-raphy; Karen Aquino treasurer and seam-stress for the Royal Court; Deloris Mattson secretary/buttons and pins; Jessie Turner Grand Parade; Al Mahaney float build-er/concerts/Chocolate Festival; Helene Jensen pageant director/Fathoms graph-ics; Phil Paquette and Alan Johnson fire-works show; Bob Morehouse all vendor shows; Merlyn Lehmkuhl Facebook and event photography; Scott Lucke Seagull Splat Run, SKF&R Volunteers 5K Run; Leslie Reynolds-Taylor and Jack Quinlan at large members.
A big thanks to the parents of our Royal Court who just step up to the plate when asked for help. Thank you for reading about Fathoms. And, by the way, we are always looking for volunteers. So dont hesitate to call or email. Find us at www.fathomsofun.org. We are volunteering for you, the community.
A warm welcome to Fathoms O Fun 2016
Bright bursts of red and pink fireworks were captured on camera at last years July 4th Fathoms fireworks show. Fireworks are again scheduled for this year.
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Fathoms O FunEvents
1. Columbia Bank presents the Fathoms O Fun Grand Parade
6 p.m., June 25, Bay Street2. HotFoot 5K Race
9 a.m., June 25, South Kitsap Regional Park3. Festival by the Sea Craft & Vendor Show
June 24-26, Port Orchard Waterfront
4. Wave presents the Fath-oms O Fun Grand Fireworks Show
July 4, 10:30 p.m., Port Or-chard Waterfront Park5. Festival by the Bay/Cruz Car Show
Aug. 14, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., Bay Street
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By BOB SMITHrsmith@soundpublishing.com
When the 49th annual Fathoms O Fun Fourth of July fireworks show begins its colorful pyrotechnics program at dusk over Sinclair Inlet, few of the nearly 80,000 spectators who huddle the shoreline to watch have a clue about whats involved in filling the skies with an explosion of red, white and blue.
One person in the middle of the action knows quite well, however. Phil Paquette of Port Orchard, the fire-
works shows longtime pyrotechnics maestro, knows precisely the com-plicated pre-planning ritual his crew must go through months ahead of the July show. Paquette also understands that the flash and sizzle that skywatch-ers view costs plenty of money.
Hes been managing the fireworks display for 20 years and is a retired Puget Sound Naval Shipyard electri-cian.
Paquette said the popular fireworks program this year will cost about $30,000 to display over Sinclair Inlet.
That pays for a lot of 12-inch shells, which are at the crux of the explosive display. Each shell costs from $255 to $300, Paquette said, and between 270 and 325 shells are used in a 15-minute show.
Its a big shell show, Paquette said. Were going to throw in some new things into the show this year. It was a tight program last year and very suc-cessful.
Our show this year will include some additional shells to make