Yarmouth Seaside Festival Celebrates 40th Anniversary This Weekend

YARMOUTH – The Yarmouth Seaside Festival is coming back just in time for Columbus Day weekend, celebrating the 40th year of the festival.

Having grown into a major event over the decades, the Yarmouth Seaside Festival features a craft fair of more than 125 crafters from across the country, a kayak and canoe race, a 5K road race, children’s events and entertainment, a fireworks display, and more.

The festival is the result of the dedication of a small volunteer committee led by founder Jan Butler, who formed the committee and started the festival in 1978. The committee is responsible for making it flourish for Yarmouth residents every year.

“I have had an exceptional committee. I have had people that answered the first ad in the paper 41 years ago. I had written an article and just said, ‘I’m looking to do a town festival. I’m looking for volunteers for anyone who might be interested,’ and I had 17 people show up to that first meeting,” said founder Jan Butler.

I’m proud to say that I still have people on my committee who were there the first couple of years,” Butler explained.

“I was attending the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Festival with my children and it dawned on me that Harwich had some celebration, Bourne had a celebration, Wellfleet had a celebration, and Yarmouth didn’t.”

Catch the 40th Annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival, running from Saturday, October 6 through Monday, October 8 at the Joshua Sears Memorial Field. The event is free and open to all members of the public.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center

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