Arts & Leisure


Aaarrrgh! Treasure is in the eye of the beholder, but you’re guaranteed to come away “richer” from a visit to the 6th Annual Work Boat Races and Pirate Faire on the north shore docks of Anacortes.

This free, family-friendly event incorporates all things marine, from a colorful contingent of pirates to competitive work boat crews running “all ahead full” in their effort to take top honors in their respective divisions.

The landscape will be filled with characters and adornments, from eye patches to tri-cornered hats, strapless silk dresses to sidearms and swords. Add food vendors, live music, car show and beer garden and you’ve got an event menu that’s sure to whet the appetite of all guests.

The action opens Saturday, August 23, 11 a.m. at the main Port dock at the north end of Commercial Avenue. Pass by the massive anchor at street’s end and you will enter an entertainment zone featuring not only spectator sports, but interactive options as well.

Enter your taste buds in the chowder contest, or among miscellaneous other food vendors. Dress like a pirate (pirates of all ages welcome!) prepared to compete, or simply play the role of observer in the popular “Aaaar-off” and “Swagger and Stagger” contests.

Take advantage of an ample supply of water balloons to engage in battle with work boat crews “attacking” with their own barrage of balloons from waterside. Perch on the bleachers for the boat parade and subsequent races, or walk the docks for a changing perspective.

Boisterous pirates are actually gentle as kittens, most eager to pause for photo ops between pirate competitions. Definitely bring the camera, as other event features include a car show filled with classic beauties. The Land’s End Bar/Beer Garden will welcome those of legal age who choose to wet their whistles.

As noted, the dockside schedule begins at 11 a.m. A noon memorial service will be conducted a few blocks south at Seafarers’ Memorial Park, then it’s back to the Port dock for a 1 p.m. boat parade followed by a series of exciting races.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times