November 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Tara C. Perkins | Director of Public Relations | Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
LAKE CHAMPLAIN MARITIME FESTIVAL CHANGES DATES TO ACCOMMODATE
WINGS OVER VERMONT AIR SHOW
BURLINGTON, VT—The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival will change dates this year and hold the Festival at Burlington’s Waterfront Park August 16-18, 2013 in order that the free Wings Over Vermont Air Show can take place on August 10 and 11, 2013. The move was made in collaboration with Wings Over Vermont Air Show, Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, its sponsors and participants, and the city of Burlington. The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is still able to continue a seven-year tradition of exciting events at Burlington’s Waterfront.
“The spirit of teamwork is strong between those who produce special events in Vermont. We believe the more we support each other, the more there is for the people of this wonderful community to enjoy. When we are able to accommodate all the unique events that are available to people, we believe that translates into success for the community,” said Michael O’Brien, Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Founder and Director.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has been named a Top 100 North American Event by the American Bus Association and a Top Ten Vermont Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and is well-supported by both the state and regional chambers, as well as the city of Burlington. Daily admission is free to most events with select events requiring admission.
“On behalf of the City of Burlington, I’m pleased to congratulate the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival for celebrating its sixth year on the Burlington waterfront. I commend the festival for bringing people of all generations down to our remarkable waterfront to experience a great variety of crafts, activities, music and of course, boats. We look forward to the future and all that the wonderful Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has to offer,” says Mayor Miro Weinberger.
The 7th Annual Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
Now heading towards its seventh year, the Festival is a three-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing hundreds of exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront (Burlington Boathouse, Perkins Pier, Spirit of Ethan Allen, Lake Champlain Ferries, Northern Lights Lake Champlain Cruises, US Coast Guard, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, ECHO Leahy Center, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more). Other Festival activities include: ALS Silent Auction; Non-Profit Palooza; Pirate 5k Run/Walk; Mission Possible; free, daily music on multiple stages; four evening ticketed concerts, presented by Higher Ground; Eco-Zone Exhibit Area; Kid Zone with free kids’ activities; international food court and crafts; beer tent; maritime exhibits and more! Stay tuned to www.lcmfestival.com for 2013 Festival details and to review the events from 2012.
“What really makes the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival special is that it offers something for everyone; it is a dynamic celebration for children, families and adults of all ages,” says Tara Perkins, Festival Spokesperson.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s mission is to celebrate the past, present and future of Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront. The Festival is committed to enhancing the visibility and outreach of various non-profit organizations within our community. Please contact the LCMF office at (802) 482-3313 or visit LCMF online: www.lcmfestival.com; Facsimile: (802) 881-0570.
The Wings Over Vermont Air Show, hosted by the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation is a free event that pays tribute to those men and women who have proudly served and continue to serve in the national forces and is presented by Revision, a leading provider of protective equipment for military use worldwide. Proceeds from the Air Show will benefit Vermont Children’s Hospital and other local charities. For more information: www.wingsoververmont.org.
2012 Festival sponsors: Price Chopper, Harpoon Brewery, New England Federal Credit Union, Farrell Distributing, FOX 44/ABC 22/The CW; 104.7FM WNCS The Point; MP103 FM; and Burlington Free Press, NBT Bank, Stowe Mountain Resort, Earthlogic, Inc., Jolley Shortstop, Vermont Tent Company, Lake Champlain Transportation, Courtyard by Marriott, Minuteman Press, The Crate Escape, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc., Casella All Cycle, Saint Michael’s College, Malletts Bay Records, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Serena Fox Design, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Small Dog Electronics, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Klinger’s Bread Company, Cabot, INLU, City Sports, Monitor Promo, Zagat, Papa John’s, Vermont Chamber of Commerce.