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Norfolk's Harborfest goes virtual for 2020 maritime celebration

While you might not be able to ride a schooner or win a hot dog eating contest online, event organizers say the social media extravaganza will still be lots of fun.

NORFOLK, Va. — Harborfest is going virtual this year, and while you might not be able to ride a schooner or win a hot dog eating contest online, event organizers say the weekend-long social media extravaganza will still be lots of fun.

For the 44th annual celebration, Norfolk Festevents will be sharing historic photos and behind-the-scenes festival videos on its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts from June 5-7.

The organization said it scrubbed in-person events to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Harborfest will still "live in spirit this year."

"The content will continue with a look back at some of Harborfest’s famous traditions, including the Parade of Sail, fireworks, musical performances, military tributes, and much more," wrote a spokesperson.

There's even a virtual Norfolk Harborfest Poster Contest happening now. The winner will be revealed on social media during the virtual Harborfest weekend.

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Harborfest 2020 schedule:

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • 10:00 AM –Poster Contest Winner Announcement
  • 12:00 PM – 2016 Parade of Sail Video
  • 3:00 PM – Specialty Entertainment Spotlight
  • 6:00 PM – Local Entertainment Spotlight
  • 8:00 PM – Harborfest Pirates Spotlight

Saturday, June 6, 2020

  • 12:00 PM – International Tall Ships Spotlight
  • 2:00 PM – Military Tribute Spotlight
  • 4:30 PM – Tug Muster Spotlight
  • 7:30 PM – Tastes of Harborfest Spotlight
  • 9:30 PM – 2016 Fireworks Video

Sunday, June 7, 2020

  • 12:00 PM – Harborfest Mermaids Spotlight
  • 2:00 PM – National Entertainment Spotlight
  • 3:30 PM – Build-A-Boat Video
  • 5:00 PM – Local Tall Ship Spotlight
  • 6:00 PM – Thank You Video

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