Skipjack race tradition continues


The annual Labor Day Skipjack Races off Deal Island are tradition in Maryland. This year you can watch the entire race from aboard the Tyler I, which leaves the harbor at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 for a cruise of Tangier Sound. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

The harbor area will be the site for two days of festivities beginning Sunday with a parade, open canoe race, canoe joust and a full afternoon of feasting on freshly steamed crabs. There are also crab races, arts and crafts, food and musical entertainment both days until 10 p.m.

Activities on Labor Day start with the blessing of the fleet at 8 a.m., followed by boat races and the skipjack race at 9:30 a.m. The day continues with boat docking contests, fishing and swimming contests and lots more fun for children and adults. Admission is free; parking cost $1. Deal Island is 30 miles south of Salisbury on state Route 363. Call (410) 651-9110.

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