Attendance rose Saturday at the second annual Cape Cod Canal Day in Buzzards Bay.
The event, sponsored by the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, took place at Buzzards Bay Park.
Chamber president and CEO Marie J. Oliva said attendance at this year’s event was definitely larger than last year’s inaugural celebration.
“We’re estimating around 8,000 attended,” Ms. Oliva said. That figure, she said, was based on returning vendors saying they did much better in sales this year over last year.
In its inaugural year, Canal Day drew an estimated crowd of 5,000 to 7,000, she said.
“There were 80 vendors and they all had long lines,” she said of Saturday’s event. “Lots of people spending a lot of money.”
Although admittance to Cape Cod Canal Day is free, Ms. Oliva said that the event also raises funds for student scholarships. This year’s event raised $4,500 through the sale of items like mugs inside the wine and beer pavilion.
Canal Day featured several competitions, including a cornhole tournament that attracted 32 teams. The winners were Jason and Jack Warren, a father-and-son team from Centerville. The duo took home $250 and a trophy, she said.
A 5K road race took place early that morning. The race was won by Stephen L. Pratt, 26, from Boston, with a time of 20:11.9.
Several people won in various categories of the event’s canal photo contest. People were invited to submit their best photos featuring the Cape Cod Canal.
Deanne L. Almeida of Bourne won the Kids on the Canal photo category. Lisa A. Williamson of Wareham won in the Nature on the Canal category, while Barbara E. Crispi of Pembroke won the Bridges category for her shot of the Sagamore Bridge.
Ms. Oliva acknowledged the hard work of Elizabeth Russell, who chaired the committee for the 5K road race; William Shain, who chaired the Cape Cod Canal Day volunteer committee and also ran the cornhole tournament; and Eric Christensen with Loretta LaRoche Productions, who coordinated the event’s live musical entertainment.
She also expressed her gratitude to Joshua M. Tefft from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Mr. Tefft coordinated 50 volunteers from the academy who helped throughout the day. She thanked the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office for providing a community work crew that helped set up last Friday, September 13, and break down on Sunday, September 15.
A third Cape Cod Canal Day definitely will be held next year, Ms. Oliva said, although a date has not yet been determined.