Back before Seattle had any sports teams, a symphony or any big cultural pull- we had SeaFair. Here is a link to the website. We have celebrated SeaFair now for 60 years.
Seattle has long proclaimed itself the boating capital of the world. A popular tale is that Seattle has about 600,000 people living in it, and has 60,000 registered pleasure boats- that is a 1:10 ratio!
Stanley Sayers set the world speed record for a straightaway on Lake Washington, Seattle in 1950. His hydroplane went to Detroit, Michigan for the Gold Cup that year, easily beating the competition, and sealing the Seattle public's love with unlimited hydroplane racing. A big part of the SeaFair festivities include the hydroplane races, which take place on Lake Washington.
SeaFair is several months long of festivities: a parade, a Queen, marathon, milk carton derby, and dozens of community parades and festivals all around Seattle. A big draw for some is the airshow performed by the United States Navy's Blue Angels. The airshow is somewhat unique in that it is performed above Lake Washington, and many people pack onto boats to watch the show and bask in the sun and fun of the lake! The planes will also zoom across the city during their shows, so we hope to be able to see them from atop the Space Needle during our banquet on Saturday!
For the "Legend of Seafair" please click on this link.
Seattle is really a ton of fun on SeaFair weekend- you are going to love it here! Katharine