Vendors Invited For BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge – News Release

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Vendors Invited For BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge
To be featured on event poster, participating restaurants and businesses sign up by March 18

Just in time for boating season, the Port of Olympia is bringing back the BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Swantown Marina. The Port invites sign-ups from restaurants and marine-related businesses interested in participating, as well as event sponsors. To be featured on the event poster, participants must sign up by March 18.

In previous years, the festival was known as the Swantown BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge and attracted 4,000 to 5,000 participants. At the last event in 2007, 12 South Sound restaurants competed in the chowder cook-off and 1,400 people tasted their unique recipes. Event goers can sample all the chowders and vote for their favorites.

The BoatSwap offers the community an opportunity to buy and sell new and used boats, marine gear and accessories. Both commercial and private vendors are invited to exhibit and sell their wares.

Businesses are also invited to participate with the Port in sponsoring this popular community event.

To sign up and learn details about event sponsorships, restaurant participation, vendor exhibit rates and other inquiries, call the Port at 360.528.8005 or email inquiries@portolympia.com .

The Port put this community event on hold in 2008 and is bringing it back due to its popularity and the improving economy. Participants shop or browse the boats and marine displays, watch and taste at the chowder pots, and enjoy music and family entertainment along the waterfront.

Swantown Marina is located on the East Bay of Budd Inlet at 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia, 98501.

For additional information:
Kathleen White
Communications & Government Relations Manager
360.528.8012 – kathleenw@portolympia.com

About the Port of Olympia
The southernmost deep-water port on Puget Sound, the Port of Olympia owns and operates an international shipping terminal that handles a range of breakbulk and project cargoes; Swantown Marina & Boatworks, a 733-slip environmentally-friendly recreational marina and boat haul-out/repair facility; Olympia Regional Airport; and a real estate division. A community port, it generates an estimated 7,249 total direct, induced and indirect jobs as documented by Martin Associates in the 2009 data study, The Economic Impact of the Port of Olympia, January 2011, available at Port of Olympia, WA – Official Website – Economic Impact Studies .

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