SETTING SAIL: Tall ships cruise into Two Harbors for first day of Festival of Sail

Two Harbors, MN
Two Harbors, MN(KBJR/CBS3 Duluth)
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 7:47 PM CDT
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TWO HARBORS, MN -- The 2022 Festival of sail kicked off Thursday as people from all over the nation flocked to the North Shore to watch the tall ships.

“Two Harbors has always been one of my favorite places to be,” said Frank Taylor, a visitor from the Twin Cities.

The festival opened its gates at 10 a.m.

The Parade of Sail was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. but actually started around noon.

Thousands lined the shores of Agate Bay, watching the ships enter the harbor and dock along the seawall.

The Festival is usually held in Duluth, but due to ongoing construction in the port, was moved to Two Harbors this year instead.

Some in attendance felt the change in scenery was a good thing.

“It’s so open, more open than it was in Duluth,” said Taylor, “I think they’ve just done a marvelous job with it. We had no problems coming in and finding a place to park”

The city prepared parking lots and shuttle systems to ensure a smoother experience for visitors.

Many said the parking was manageable, and the traffic was mild, but not everyone’s experience went smoothly.

“No one seemed to know what was going on and they could not assist us in getting to the right place,” said Lowell Ludford, another visitor from the Twin Cities.

Ludford, along with several others was dropped off by the shuttle on the opposite side of the harbor from the ships themselves.

“I think the event could be better organized,” he said.

Many festival-goers were confused by the setup, as two “hubs” of vendors were located on opposite ends of the harbor.

“Where we were supposed to be to see the parade of boats was about three-quarters of a mile or so down the path,” Ludford said.

Once he arrived, he got a better understanding, now excited for the weekend’s events and all they have in store.

“We’ve never seen tall ships like this before. So they’re all exciting,” he said.

Many others are captivated by the beauty of the North Shore.

“Every time I come up here, no matter what it’s it’s got my favorite things. It’s got trains, it’s got ships, it’s got the mountains to look out of and it’s got the wildlife around here is just the best place on earth,” Taylor said.

The Festival of Sail runs through Sunday.

You can find more information here.

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