The sails have been set, and 10 tall ships are en route to Erie for the Tall Ships Festival beginning this Thursday. On Tuesday, the organizing committee did their final walkthrough.
"Everybody has been prepared for this for several weeks," said Tim Goldsmith, Tall Ships Erie Board President. "At this point, we're doing walkthroughs and making sure we're on the same page."
It's been a year and a half in the making, and 1,000 volunteers are on deck to help out. Yevet Anderson, the Volunteer Chair for Tall Ships Erie, said the volunteers will be the second-most recognizable figure, right behind those tall ships.
"They're going to be ticket-takers, ticket-sellers, liaisons to the ships, making sure they're at home in Port Erie," said Anderson. "[They'll be in] Hospitality room, lecture ushers, child and kids zones."
The festival is expected to draw in over 60,000 people, and this volunteer committee has worked hard to ensure smooth sailing.
"Our parking seems to be very well-handled," said Goldsmith. "We have all the city lots and shuttles going back and forth. There's a lot of parking down here, so I think it'll be very
It seems the only thing they're waiting on are the ships.
This is sure to be one event you won't want to miss.
"Even if you haven't volunteered or had the opportunity or time to do so, don't forget to come down, see the Tall Ships and be apart of the greatest event Erie will ever have," said Anderson. "Welcome aboard, be one of our mates."
Those who were on the committee the last time Tall Ships was in Erie in 2010 said they're using what they learned that year, to make this year's festival, even better.
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