Weekend events to have downtown Port hopping

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Downtown Port will be hopping Saturday as Franklin Fest, an updated incarnation of Maxwell Street Day, and the annual Port Lions Fest and Fishing Derby take center stage in the city.

Those activities will complement the city’s farmers market, which will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on East Main Street.

But with the additional activities, some of the farmers market vendors will have extended hours. Those vendors will be located closest to Franklin Street, which will be closed for the events on Saturday.

Although Franklin Fest, sponsored by Port Main Street Inc., will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Lions Club activities will run throughout the weekend.

Franklin Fest is Port Main Street Inc.’s attempt to reinvent the annual Maxwell Street sale day.

Main Street Executive Director Melissa Alexander described the new event as a cross between Maxwell Street Day and Community Street Festival.

“It’s a modern twist on Maxwell Street Day,” she said. 

In addition to Franklin Street merchants, there will be about 30 vendors at the festival, Alexander said.

The Arts Council will have a sidewalk chalk project and there will be other activities for families to enjoy, she said.

There will be music at the farmers market from 9 a.m. to noon. 

The Shad Lads will then play at the corner of Franklin and Main streets from noon to 3 p.m.

“And we’re going to have great weather,” Alexander promised.

Lions Fest offers a variety of family friendly activities on the lakefront, with entertainment kicking off at 7 p.m. Friday when Clove plays hits from the ‘90s to today. 

On Saturday, Kojo will perform Caribbean reggae from 1 to 5 p.m.  and Left on Sunset will play a variety of cover songs from 7 to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, Mozart’s Cadillac will play country and classic rock from 1 to 5 p.m. 

A video arcade game tent will be available and food and beverages will be sold.

Raffle prize drawings will also be held. 

The fishing derby will run on Saturday and Sunday, with cash prizes awarded to the largest weight fish caught in five categories  — chinook, coho, lake trout, rainbow trout and brown trout. A grand prize of as much as $1,000 or more will be offered based on the number of entries. 

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