An annual tradition in the Seattle area for over 60 years, Seafair continues to be one of the most popular summer events for thousands of people each year. And since it’s inception, wooden boats have been an integral part of the event over the years, from native built canoes, to runabouts & big cruisers, to outboard race boats, and unlimited hydroplanes – Seafair has something for everyone.
Seafair is a summer festival in that encompasses a wide variety of small neighborhood events leading up to several major city-wide celebrations. While many small block parties and local parades occur under the auspices of Seafair, most Seattle residents associate Seafair with the Torchlight Parade (and accompanying Torchlight Run), Seafair Cup hydroplane races, and the Blue Angels. Seafair has been an annual event in Seattle since 1950 but its roots can be traced to the 1911 Seattle Golden Potlatch Celebrations. – (Wikipedia has the full history of Seafair)
Recently Seattle’s KIRO TV posted this great 25-minute film from the 1952 Seafair festival titled “Where Rooster-Tails Fly” featuring some great vintage boat racing – in living color. So while you are munching on your Cheerios, or enjoying that Sunday morning coffee, take a trip with us back to 1952. – Texx
You can also click the KIRO TV link above to view the video, and if you want to view the video on your smart phone. You can also click on the “go full screen” button in the menu at the bottom of the video to enlarge the viewing area.