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For Immediate Release

Contact:
Mike Giari, Executive Director
Port of Redwood City
650 306-4150

3rd Annual PortFest is Saturday, October 6th at the Port of Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - September 14, 2012 - The third annual, award-winning PortFest event is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, from 8 am - 5 pm at the Port of Redwood City. Admission and parking are free to this great family event that brings visitors from throughout the region to the grounds of Redwood City's deep-water port, to enjoy a wonderful selection of live music, a fun pancake breakfast, a "Working Waterfront" trolley tour, on-the-water harbor tours and boat rides, a "grudge match" rowing contest between members of the City Council and the Planning Commission, lots of food and beverages, a beer garden, and more!

All the details are at www.RWCPortFest.org, including the schedule for the free shuttle to and from the Redwood City Caltrain station, sponsored by The Dutra Group. PortFest is co-hosted by the Redwood City Education Foundation, and proceeds from the festival go to its "Save Our School Music" program (www.rcef.org/music/index.html).

Live music this year features the headliner classic rock band "The Groove Kings." Additional performances include the West Bay Community Band, jazz/rock band "Marjikeze," the Woodside High School Jazz Band, Orchestra & Marching Band, and the Sequoia High School Band.

Rowing races are scheduled to start at 9 am, including the rematch of the Redwood City Council vs. the Redwood City Planning Commission for the coveted "Golden Oar" trophy. The Sequoia Yacht Club will be open from 8-10 am for a pancake breakfast. The welcome ceremony is scheduled for 10 am, including a greeting by Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre and the playing of the historic "Port Redwood March."

Throughout the day the popular "Working Waterfront" trolley tour, hosted by Seaport Industrial Association, will give visitors free tours of the Port's industrial area. On-the-water events include harbor tours by the Marine Science Institute, sailboat rides by Spinnaker Sailing, and a new boat ride offered by the Sea Scouts on their vessel "Gryphon," highlighting the Sea Scouts' 100th Anniversary.

Vendors, food trucks, a tiki bar with tropical drinks by the Sequoia Yacht Club, an Oktoberfest beer garden with local microbrewery beer hosted by Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club, will offer a variety of choices.

There will be lots of kid's activities provided by the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department and the Redwood City Public Library, as well as a bounce house & slide sponsored by Pete's Harbor. Information booths and presentations will feature the San Mateo County History Museum logging exhibit, the Marine Science Institute sea life touch tank, the Kaiser Permanente mascot, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Redwood City Police and Fire Departments. The Port of Redwood City (www.redwoodcityport.com) will display its newly-created historical timeline in honor of the Port's 75th Anniversary.

Visit Redwood City's award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City's newsletters and other City documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov

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