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Yo ho! Olcott Beach to show why it’s ‘a pirate’s life for me’

OLCOTT – Cannons will fire and swords will clash as two pirate groups battle it out on Olcott Beach next weekend when the Olcott Fire Company launches its popular Pirates Festival at Krull Park.

The free field days kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with a vendor fair until 9 p.m., offering everything from sunglasses to pirate-related novelties. Midway rides and games continue to 10 p.m., and refreshments and live music with Blood Money, from 6 p.m. to midnight, also will be featured. A beer tent is open to those 21 and older throughout the weekend.

Things get started early Saturday, with the car show lineup from 7 a.m. to noon. The car show, offering many awards and 50/50 raffles, is up from noon to 6 p.m.

The Pirate Parade is planned for noon.

Midway rides, games and the vendor fair resume from noon to 9 p.m., with refreshments and live music to midnight. Entertainers include the Sophisticats from noon to 4 p.m., the Release from 4 to 8 p.m. and Teasers from 8 p.m. to midnight.

And what’s a Pirate Festival without pirates?

A new group hailing largely from Michigan, Great Lakes Freebooters, will join Ye Pyrate Brotherhood from noon to 6 p.m. for treasure hunts, interactive skits and plays. Freebooters also will set up an encampment, in order to “live the pirate life” for the weekend, according to event organizer Robert Horanburg.

“There’s going to be about 40 of them and they’ll set up tents and sleep and cook there and have display tents for the public to look at memorabilia from the pirate life,” Horanburg said.

Look for a special performance at 1:30 p.m., when the two pirate groups clash on Olcott Beach, Horanburg said. In addition, a pirate costume contest for all ages will be staged from 3 to 4 p.m., with cash prizes.

Midway rides and games, a vendors fair, refreshments and live music continue at noon on Sunday, with the Stoll Brothers Band entertaining from noon to 6 p.m. The pirates also continue to entertain from noon to 6 p.m. and the two groups will battle it out again at 1 p.m. on the beach.

Ride wristbands will be available this year for $20, good the day of purchase. Also, meal deals will be offered.

“We want families to be able to come down and not have to spend a fortune,” Horanburg said.

The event is a fundraiser for the Olcott Fire Company, which is saving for a new grass fire truck, he said.

For more information on the car show, visit: www.pirateautoshow.com or www.wnycruiser.com.