Bay City's Tall Ships Celebration Starts Thursday 7-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Bay City's Tall Ships Celebration Starts Thursday 7-13-2010

A dozen tall ships are on their way to the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The ships will make their grand entrance up the Saginaw River beginning around noon on Thursday.
While the schooners and brigantines arrive in Bay City on Thursday, it could be years before they return.
So anyone wanting to get a good look at the floating treasures from around the world, TV5 found a few good vantage points, as well as a few to avoid.
Smith Park in Essexville is a great spot for river traffic, but with construction under way it may be a good place of which to steer clear.
Best Spots To Watch Bay City's Tall Ships Festival Revealed
Independence Park is also a good place to check out the tall ships, where there's plenty of parking and a good position to take snapshots.
One little-known spot is at Golson Park, where there is plenty of parking, Port-A-Johns and a deck that takes visitors out into the river.
The chairman of the Tall Ships Celebration, Kevin Dykema, said anyone who misses this year’s event may not witness another.
Dykema also said tall ships will help area merchants stay afloat during these tough economic times.
“We expect about 100,000 people and they generally spend about $100 per person when they are in town,” said Dykema.
Anyone hoping to ride the Appledore during the Parade of Sails, those tickets are sold out, so just find yourself a place on the river.
To find out more about the Tall Ships Celebration and the activities surrounding the event, just click here.
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