Skipjack Races and Land Festival

Skipjack Races and Land Festival

September, Labor Day weekend
A skipjack is a kind of sail-powered fishing boat popular in the 19th century. Around the turn of the 20th century over 1,000 skipjacks worked the waters off Deal Island, Maryland. By 1960, only 40 remained. It was then that local enthusiasts revived the skipjack races, which dated back to 1871 but had only been organized in 1921. The revived races have continued since 1960, scheduled for Labor Day weekend. People from all over the state come to Deal Island harbor on that weekend, to cheer on the skippers of these traditional craft and to honor the contribution that the fishing industry has made to the region's history.
CONTACTS:
Skipjack Races
Deal Island-Chance Lions Club
P.O. Box 158
Deal Island, MD 21821
410-784-2785
www.webauthority.net/lions.htm
Somerset County Tourism
P.O. Box 243
Princess Anne, MD 21853
800-521-9189 or 410-651-2968; fax: 410-968-2501
www.visitsomerset.com