“They’re hungry for entertainment:” Poseidon festival celebrates all things water life, provides tips for coastal emergencies
BETHANY BEACH, Del. – “Make it a weekend long celebration and a kickoff to the summer,” Town of Bethany Beach Events Director Julia Malewski said.
Poseidon is the name and water life the game, as the Poseidon Festival filled the boardwalk in Bethany Beach this holiday weekend. It’s a free, family-oriented event that celebrates the sea. “It’s been great and the town is always sure that it’s safe for everybody and go out of our way to prepare,” Malewski said.
On Sunday, festival goers got the chance to experience the magic hands of a live bubble artist.
There was also an educational component to the day with a Marine Science Camp and a meet and greet with first responders on how to prepare for coastal emergencies. “People seem to be very receptive to it. We hand out nice literature and folders on helpful hints and tips on exactly what to do,” Malewski said.
“I think there’s a lot more people out on the beach. The medical response and things we see summer to summer is starting to increase,” Bethany Beach Lifeguard Captain Joe Donnelly said.
Captain Donnelly says rip currents make about 85-90% of water rescues in the resort town each summer. “Our biggest thing is don’t panic if you feel like you’re in one and try to swim parallel to the shore to get yourself out of it. But of course, our lifeguards are watching and if you need a hand we’ll be there to help,” Donnelly said.
As the festival marks only the begging of the summer, organizers say its a glimpse of what’s to come this season. “Cause that’s where we are and some want to be here. They’re hungry for entertainment,” Malewski. “We just get out there and do it.”
Captain Donnelly also tells 47ABC, Bethany Beach will have a full staff this season and they’re ready to help with any problems or issues that may occur.
The festival wrapped up Sunday with a live performance by The U.S. Navy Band.