Spate of events slated for Whidbey Island

From pig consumption to orca capture mourning to flashy cars and friendly cops, there are events on North Whidbey in the next two weeks that will delight pagans, “mountain men” (and women) and just people who love fun things to do.

The art community is gathering up their finest creations to showcase at the annual COUPEVILLE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, 10-6 p.m. Saturday Aug. 10 and 10-5 p.m. Sunday Aug. 11 along the Coupeville historic waterfront. Visitors can enjoy arts and crafts, food, music and more. The art gallery reception will be 7 p.m. Friday Aug. 9 at the Rec Hall.

Head on over to Oak Harbor for some tasty pork at the 2019 OAK HARBOR PIGFEST 12 – 5 p.m. Aug. 11 in downtown Oak Harbor. This quirky tradition roasts thousands of pounds of pig for one giant block party, providing a free meal to hundreds. Funds raised go to nonprofits. The event kicks off at noon with the national anthem, followed by the food serving line. At 1 p.m. is the Pie Eating Contest, 2:30 Wing Eating Contest and 4:30 BBQ Competition Awards​​. Music will be provided by the Joe T Cook Blues Band, Ron Stubbs and Penny Stinkers. There will also be games, a climbing wall and arts and crafts. Keep an eye out for the friendly, oinking mascot.

Crime prevention and cops will be taking over Fort Nugent Park for NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, 4-7 p.m., Aug. 6 in Oak Harbor. The annual event aims to educate citizens on safety and connect the public with law enforcement and emergency personnel. Fire safety, alcohol education and home security will also be front and center. There will be many activities and fun for all ages, including a chance for young visitors to attack well-padded law enforcement, for educational purposes.

In memory of the orca Tokitae, aka Lolita, and her Southern Resident orca family, the PENN COVE ORCA CAPTURE COMMEMORATIONwill be Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Coupeville Wharf for the anniversary of the 1970 captures that removed the whales from local waters. There will be educational displays and information available about the event. From 3-5 p.m. the Suva and Cutty Sark will provide ceremonial boat trips into Penn Cove to the capture site for $75. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a program and waterside ceremony with Howard Garrett and Susan Berta of Orca Network, and news from the Lummi Nation for Tokitae updates. The vigil will be at 6 p.m.

Witches, Druids, Heathens, Pagans and other friendly folk are welcome to join in a new event for Coupeville, the WHIDBEY PAGAN PRIDE FESTIVAL.It will be 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Coupeville Town Park on Coveland Street. There will be music, vendors and free workshops for this event that will get folks’ attention.

Run for fun at Central Whidbey’s RACE THE RESERVE event on Aug. 10 and explore Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. There are runs for all levels, including a marathon, a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K run/walk and a marathon relay. Gather at the Coupeville Elementary School and pay up for the fundraiser for the Coupeville High School seniors’ safe and sober graduation night celebration.

Grizzly “mountain men,” trappers and traders can once again enjoy a returning event, a HISTORICAL REENACTMENT of the 1820-1840 Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Rendezvous on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 at 4778 Monkey Hill Road, Oak Harbor. There will be competitions, hands-on demonstrations and family events and more.

Check out DOCKSTOCK 2019, an annual festival thanking boaters who utilize the South Whidbey Harbor year-round. Drop by Aug. 16 between 5-10 p.m. at the Port of South Whidbey in Langley on 228 Wharf St. There will be music, food and fun for all.

Honk if you love cars shows. The WHIDBEY ISLAND CAR SHOW will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds and Events Center in Langley.

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