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Tall Ships Erie Schedule Released

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Nine ships. Four days. And 70,000 people.  It's all for Tall Ships Erie, happening next month.

"35 days and counting, it's hard to believe that we're here, but it's an exciting time not only for us, but for Erie," said Shawn Waskiewicz, Executive Director/Chairman of Tall Ships.
 
And while the ships are the focal point, there will plenty for everyone to enjoy.

"We've done a really good job bringing in great arts and entertainment, bringing in some great musicians, War of 1812 enthusiasts and I think it really added flavor to our festival," said Waskiewicz.

Along with all that, there will be a Beer Garden set up at the Bayfront Convention Center, along with a vendor market place. Plus a play, depicting moments from the War of 1812.

The more there is to offer, the easier it is to market to out of town guests.

"Now that they've announced even more events that are coming in for the festival, we're really excited about it," said Chris Pennsy, Director of Marketing at Visit Erie. "And we've already started our marketing to outside the area to try and draw in more visitors whether it's for just a day, a couple of days."

When the Tall Ships were here in 2010, only 30,000 people turned out. With more than double expected this year, organizers are estimating $6.5 million will pumped into Erie's economy.

"This is one of the biggest festivals in economic boosters in quite sometime," said Waskiewicz. "With all the businesses that are closing and what not, this will be a shot in the arm for everybody in Erie."

And it's all leading up to the grand finale of the Perry 200 celebrations.

"It's kind of like the big bang at the end of our celebration because we've been doing this now for 18 months and we had all kinds of other performances and events and this is just like the pinnacle of the Perry 200," said Pennsy.   

Plenty of events going on, and volunteers are a big part helping out. But there is still room for more to help. If you'd like to be a volunteer, you can click here.

 

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