The 2013 Festival Is August 10 & 11 2013
Food, Fun, & Entertainment!
Fireworks - Live Music All Weekend and Great Food from the Sea
For more information contact members of the Charleston Fire District at 541-435-7070 and leave a message, someone will call you back
There will be many events on Saturday August 10th through Sunday August 11th, 2013, including Live Entertainment On Stage, rides, and family fun. The Wild Women of Charleston will be there too!!
10:00AM to 6:00 PM Saturday
10:30AM to 4:00 PM Sunday.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay provides the venue in the port parking lot for the small boat basin. Directions are South on Cape Arago Highway, right on Boat Basin Road, right on Guano Rock Road to event.
90389 Albacore Lane
Vendors are provided a 12' by 12' or larger booth space and for an additional fee electricity is available. Set-up starts at noon on Friday August 14th and booths are required to be open from 10AM to 6PM Saturday and 10AM to 4PM Sunday. Different operating times must be approved by event manager prior to the event.
The first seafood festival was in 1986 as the "Charlie Tuna Festival". During the first few years it bounced between the Charleston Boat Basin and Pony Village Mall returning permanently to Charleston by 1990. During the first few years the festival was on again off again but has been solid for the past 12 plus years. In 1986 the festival received a prized possession known as "Charlie the Tuna" (1986 -2008) an 8 foot wood carving of the famed Star-Kist advertising icon. In 2006 the festival received "Charlie Jr." a 10 foot replacement for Charlie Sr. who was beginning the show his age with cancer. Charlie stood at the east end of the Charleston Bridge. Charlie the 3rd will stand where his grandfather stood at the east end of the Charleston Bridge greeting people as they enter Charleston.
The festival grew over the years and today provides booth spaces for 80 selling items from t-shirts to shell wind chimes besides the famed seafood from the Charleston area. Each food vendor is required to provide 1 menu option of seafood. This event is known to draw between 15,000 and 20,000 over the two days.
The Association has taken this at the request of the Charleston Merchant's Association.
The Association Executive Board will try diligently to make this transition as seamless as possible and we will provide as much information as possible from this web site.
Disclaimer: the historical information is limited and cannot be completely substantiated as there are several different memories of the history of this event, particularly where the Wild Women of Charleston are concerned.
Charleston Volunteer Fire Department (Rusty) 541-888-3268
Betty Kay Charters ~ 541-888-3268