BELFAST — Almost 2,000 people turned out for the 14th annual Belfast Harbor Fest in August, with the event raising more than $28,000 for Belfast Rotary Club’s community service projects.

The weekend of boatbuilding, music, food, crafts, children’s activities returned to the city’s waterfront after a year’s hiatus, supported by some three dozen sponsors with the participation of more than 100 boatbuilders, runners, entertainers, exhibitors, vendors and Rotary volunteers, according to Rotary Club president John Golden.

The event was “a real success,” Golden said in a press release, despite “the challenges of COVID-19 and a wild Saturday afternoon thunderstorm.” An online auction raised nearly $3,000 for the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry, while other event proceeds will be used for community service projects ranging from support for food pantries to help for needy families to holiday gifts for more than 150 children, according to the press release.

Harbor Fest spans the Belfast waterfront Aug. 14. Philip G Carthage

Among Harbor Fest’s highlights were the National Boatbuilding Challenge, Front Street Shipyard tours, a classic boat show, marine equipment swap, entertainment by local musicians and the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, the 5K Bug Run road race, a Touch-A-Truck activity and the online charitable auction. Sunday morning featured a just-for-fun Cardboard Boat Race with seven entries, two of which sank safely but spectacularly.

“We couldn’t have gotten this done without all those volunteers and the support of the city of Belfast and its Parks and Recreation folks,” Golden said. “We are especially grateful to major sponsors First National

Two members of a boatbuilding team work on their entry at Belfast Harbor fest Aug. 14.

Bank and First National Wealth Management, the Maine Bicentennial Commission, Front Street Shipyard, Nordic Aquafarms, Down East Credit Union, Waldo County General Hospital, and United Farmers Market. Thirty-seven generous local businesses and two dozen vendors, exhibitors and individuals made this all possible. It takes more than thunder and lightning to keep a good Rotary Club down.”

The 2022 Belfast Harbor Fest is scheduled for Aug. 19, 20 and 21, 2022, on the Belfast waterfront.

Touch-a-Truck attracts children of all ages at Belfast Harbor Fest Aug. 14. Philip G Carthage