The 32nd New Buffalo Ship and Shore Festival was a big hit. The community festival took a year off last year and everyone seemed thrilled that the New Buffalo Business Association brought it back.
Whittaker Street was busy all weekend with patrons, partiers, vendors, delicious food, great bands and of course cold beer and wine. Over a dozen bands entertained and keep the mood upbeat and hoping. Although Friday ended before 97 Nine could take the stage at 10 p.m., due to rain and lightning, the remainder of the weekend stayed dry, at least during festival hours.
On Saturday night the street was packed with those dancing to Deja Vu Band and the Boy Band Review and those watching the fireworks as they decorated the sky over the beach.
Back this year was the K run/walk on Saturday morning, hosted by Katie Maroney and her team, on Sunday, the New Buffalo Fire Department hosted a pancake breakfast and Nancy’s Hot Dogs sponsored their famous ice cream eating contest.
Saturday’s 5 K run started out with an early morning downpour, but the runners were able to either run in the rain or wait it out and finish dry. On Sunday, Carley Pearson captured first place in the girl’s division of the ice cream eating contest and Charlie Hart and Evan Messinger tied in the boys group; even the New Buffalo Times mascot, Scruffy, got his licks in.