Artwork for the upcoming festival. (Screenshot)

Residents of Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island are gearing up for the annual “By the Sea” Arts and Seafood Festival. 

The celebration will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 9th and 10th. Events and activities are scheduled on Friday from 3pm to 10pm and on Saturday from noon to 10pm. 

This year, visitors can look forward to fireworks, wood carving demonstrations, and live music. Also on the docket is the fish poem slam. According to festival executive director Heather Hedges, it’s an opportunity for fishermen to take digs at each other through verse. 

“It’s where you get a couple guys that come up and create poems and usually it’s about other fishermen,” Hedges said. “And it’s pretty entertaining, it’s pretty funny.”

There will also be more than thirty vendors selling food, drinks, and crafts. 

The celebration is in its 9th year, and Hedges says it usually draws somewhere around 500 people. That’s a pretty big deal for a town with fewer than 200 year-round residents. 

For off-island visitors, ferry service is available from Ketchikan through the Inter-Island Ferry Authority. There are also various options for seaplane and charter boat transportation.