Port of Bremerton no longer Harborfest host

The Port of Bremerton no longer will host Harborfest, the event over the long Memorial Day weekend on both the Bremerton and Port Orchard waterfronts.

Taking over management of the event will be the Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center, according to Steve Slaton, who oversees all the marine facilities for the port. KEC offers small-business people shared office space and equipment, and is located in downtown Bremerton.

The port has hosted the two-sited festival since 2009 in order to boost activity at both its marinas and along both waterfronts. This year, it netted the port roughly $15,000.

The plan always has been for the port to back off from hosting, once the event became viable.

— Rachel Pritchett

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