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It's Here: Port Fish Day is Saturday

The 2012 theme for the 48th annual event is "Hooked on Fish Day." Find out the schedule of events and other information.

In case you didn't realize, it's that time of year when you're going to start hearing two particular words muttered a bit more often.

"Fish Day," — or "Fish Days," as people often refer to it — is this weekend, starting as usual with an 8 a.m. run/walk and ending with a 9:30 p.m. fireworks show on Saturday.

The 2012 theme for the festival is "Hooked on Fish Day," according to the event's website. "Profits are turned back to the community in a variety of ways (such as) Rotary Park, the harbor walk that leads to the grounds, Kiwanis Pavilion and the marina's fish cleaning stations are enjoyed by residents and visitors (as well as) scholarships, recreational programs, assistance for people who have met life-challenging problems," and more.

The Fish Day Walk/Run (either an 8K or 2K) benefits Portal Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Grafton that serves adults with disabilities living in Ozaukee County. New this year to the event is chip-timing for the competitive 8K race, according to the event's website.

A parade starts at 10 a.m. starting at the corner of Wisconsin and Walters streets, and ending just in front of . (See the parade route).

There is also a car show in Upper Lake Park that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the arts and crafts fair will be held in the same park, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., kids can register to participate in the soccer water fight: the Port Washington Fire Department soaks the kids while they try to make a goal. The actual event starts at 3 p.m.

The event also features several stages with live music. Check the lineup here.

For only the second time in the festival's 48-year history, chubs will not be used in the event's smoked-fish eating contest, according to an article on the Ozaukee Press. Of course, the contest will still be there — but, the fish will be different.

Learn more on the Fish Day Facebook page or the website.

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