Port Townsend's 42nd Wooden Boat Festival - September

Thanks to their generosity and interest in marine education, the Wooden Boat Festival invited me to have a booth at this year’s Festival at PT’s NW Maritime Center. I had the best spot for the entire 3 day event - just inside the front gate! Thousands of people visited my booth, thanked me for sharing information about plankton’s importance and took away educational swag that I had printed for the show. With 30,000 visitors attending the event and favorable weather, it was an excellent way for me to reach families, marine scientists and enthusiastic citizens who were eager to learn some very basic truths about a topic many knew nothing about. Voting for their “Favorite Plankton” was a popular activity, resulting in the winner soon to be cast in bronze. It will be available for sale soon with all proceeds going to support plankton education and ocean awareness. The winner is…… DIATOMS, of course! Champions of oxygen production!

 My Plankton Booth at the Festival.

My Plankton Booth at the Festival.

 Dedicated diatom supporters and voters in the  Fav Plankton Contest!

Dedicated diatom supporters and voters in the Fav Plankton Contest!

 Oxygen production is quoted in varying credible amounts. I prefer this memorable and substantial fact. Simple truths in large fonts speak volumes.

Oxygen production is quoted in varying credible amounts. I prefer this memorable and substantial fact. Simple truths in large fonts speak volumes.

 Beautiful Boat Shop at the NW Maritime Center on Port Townsend’s waterfront.

Beautiful Boat Shop at the NW Maritime Center on Port Townsend’s waterfront.

 Some of the planktonic swag given away to ocean fans.

Some of the planktonic swag given away to ocean fans.

 The Diatoms showing up on the popular t shirts. More are on order now!

The Diatoms showing up on the popular t shirts. More are on order now!

 A future marine scientist.

A future marine scientist.