Port ready with tons of fish, entertainment galore

A rite of summer for 54 years, Fish Day will feature run, parade, bands and plenty of its traditional food and drink
By 
KRIS HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Thousands of pounds of golden fish and chips will be the stars of the day Saturday, July 21, as Port Washington celebrates Fish Day.

“Fish Day: A Beacon for Fun” is the theme for the 54th annual festival, which includes an 8-kilometer run and 2-mile fun walk and run, parade, carnival, classic car show, arts and crafts area, smoked fish-eating contests, plenty of music, a spectacular fireworks show and, of course, a bounty of delicious fried fish and chips.

Seven stands run by local civic organizations sell fish and chips and use the proceeds for community projects such as park improvements and scholarships.

Fish Day kicks off at 8 a.m. with a run and walk to benefit Portal Inc.

The race will be chip timed, providing precise information and almost instantaneous results.

The Fish Day parade, which starts at 10 a.m., will follow its traditional route, with units stepping off from the corner of Wisconsin Street and Walters Street, proceeding south on Wisconsin to Grand Avenue, then continuing west to Wisconsin Street.

Angel Tello of Tello’s Restaurant in Port Washington will be the parade marshal and Nicole Glownia, a student at Cedarburg High School who created  this year’s Fish Day logo, will be the junior parade marshal.

The ever-popular South Shore Drill Team will perform near the Main Stage immediately after the parade.

Music is one of the main attractions at Fish Day, and this year is no exception.

Singer-songwriter Keith Anderson will headline the Main Stage at 7:45 p.m.

Best known as a songwriter, his hits include “Lost in this Moment,” a No. 1 hit for Big & Rich that garnered Anderson Song of the Year nominations from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

He co-wrote the Grammy-nominated songs “Beer Run (B Double Are You In?), for Garth Brooks and George Jones, “The Bed” for Gretchen Wilson and “Barn Burner” for Jason Michael Carroll.

Anderson’s debut CD “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll” was certified gold and included two top 10 hits, “Pickin’ Wildflowers” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name.”

He was named Billboard and Radio & Record’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and top solo new country artist of the year.

His sophomore CD included his biggest hit, “I Still Miss You” and his latest song is “I’ll Bring the Music.”

Road Crew, which plays the music of today’s radio and classic rock hits, will play the Main Stage from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

The Bandshell Rock Stage headliner is Joe 2.0, a band that performs pop and rock songs and features an electric string quartet plus drums and the vocal power of Xeno, the original lead singer for Cheap Trick.

The band will perform at 6:30 p.m.

The Rush Tribute Project will play at 3 p.m.

The headliner for the Harbor View Stage, formerly the Blues Stage, is Shut the Front Door, a female fronted party band that will play at 6 p.m.

The Red Element will take the stage at 2:30 p.m., while Milwaukee singer-songwriter Ethan Keller, who was named 2011 Solo Artist of the Year in the Radio Milwaukee Awards and Pop Artist of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards in 2011, will perform at 11:30 a.m.

Blue Light Scene, a Wisconsin high-energy party band, will headline the Lakeview Stage at 6:30 p.m., preceded by Cedarburg-based Piano Brew at 3 p.m. Random Riot, a Random Lake band, will open the stage at 11 a.m.

All the music at Fish Day is free, with the exception of the Main Stage acts.

A Fish Day button is required for entrance there.

The button is $5 at the gate, but can be purchased at area merchants ahead of time for $3.

Fish Day features a wide variety of events for families, including a carnival  and helicopter rides from Upper Lake Park.

Among the family activities are the traditional smoked fish-eating contest at the Lakeview Stage at 2:30 p.m.

The soccer water fights are in Veterans Park, and teams of three can sign up for them at 1 p.m.

The Upper Lake Park bluff is the location for the arts and crafts show and the classic car show, which run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival closes with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are set off from Coal Dock Park and are visible throughout the festival grounds and downtown.

Free shuttle buses will run throughout the city during the festival, stopping at designated points marked by signs.

In addition, buses will pick up and drop off passengers at the Ozaukee County Justice Center, Harbor Hills, the Ozaukee County park-and-ride lot off Seven Hills Road and the Walmart in Saukville.

Pets are not allowed on the grounds, and visitors are not allowed to bring backpacks into the festival. Bikes, skates and skateboards are also prohibited.

For more information on Fish Day, visit www.portfishday.com.

For information and registration for the run and walk, visit the Fish Day site or www.portalindustries.org or www.active.com.

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