Steampunk Festival + Pirate Ship!

After a long and busy weekend, I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write some blog posts about pirate ships and steampunk throwing circus performers while applying copious amounts of aloe vera gel after getting a pretty gnarly sunburn.

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Early on Saturday morning, I went down to a perennial favourite park of most Bellinghamsters — Boulevard Park. Currently most of the park is closed off due to renovations and a plan to get it ready for the long boardwalk (all the way from the Bellingham waterfront to Fairhaven). After a few hours, my close and geeky friends, Elizabeth from Wild American Dream and her fiancee met up with me and tried to fly a kite. Tried is the optimum word here as we couldn’t get the darn thing to do anything but loop-de-loops. After a fun picnic, we headed done the boardwalk to the 2nd Annual Steampunk Festival at the Village Green.

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They had everything for your Steampunk needs, from antique metal gears (some over 100 years old) from clocks and watches; handmade vests, hats and corsets, and even your head/monster in a jar. One of my favorite parts of the festival was the entertainment.

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This is Chipp Allard, your typical fire-juggling steampunk-festival going yoga instructor (quite the norm here in Bellingham).

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He entertained the crowd by starting juggling  and moved on to crowd pleasing bowling pins on fire. He definitely caught our attention and I was even able to catch a quick video of his performance. Check it out below.

As with every festival, convention or gathering of nerds and geeks you will always find those that cosplay, and this year was no exception. I was only able to snap a few pictures this go around, but you can always check out my posts from last years Steampunk Festival (here and here) to see more of our local steampunk community.

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After walking around and checking out the vendors, we made our way back to the boardwalk where we saw…PIRATE SHIPS! The inner 5-year old in me came out and I started squealing like a little kid at Disneyland. There in Bellingham Bay was a pirate ship and I was darn near convinced that they were filming another Pirates of the Caribbean movie here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Is that not the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? They kept circling each other like they were in a true pirate-style battle and they even had fake cannon fire (which drew our attention in the first place). I later found out that this is a yearly event that you as a civilian can go and join them. I know what I’m asking for my birthday next year!

What did you do this weekend? Share in the comments below!


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