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Tall Ships is Around the Corner

The highly anticipated festival kicks off in less than 24 hours, and more than a thousand volunteers are on board to make this a memorable experience.
September 4, 2013 - The Tall Ships Festival is almost here and to make sure things are running as smoothly as possible for this highly anticipated event, more than a thousand volunteers are working from sun up to sun down to make sure you have a great time at the festival.

"This should be no worries for our guests; everybody should feel like they're in a tall ship Disneyland," said Yevet Anderson, chair of volunteer operations for the festival.

Captain of the US Brig Niagara, Wes Heerssen, said this will be unlike anything Erie has ever seen before, but something he and the volunteers are well prepared for.

"We're ready for large crowds and this last blast of summer to be a fun one here," said Captain Heerssen.

People were already lining up to check out the ships this afternoon, like Renee Wnek and her family.

Wnek said she thinks this event will be good for the Erie-area.

"Show other people what Erie has to offer; some of the positive things about," said Wnek.

With the excitement continuing to grow and volunteers putting in lots of hard work, the Perry 200 Tall Ships Festival will surely be one to remember.

"It is truly on its own merit a marine event of national significance. Every bit as spectacular as tall ships of NY,” said Captain Heerssen.

The parade of sail is tomorrow, from 4 to 6pm, and tours will take place throughout the weekend from Friday to Saturday. For a full list of events, visit: flagshipniagara.org.

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