Bay City to welcome Tall Ships

In less than a day, ten vessels will make their way to the mouth of the Saginaw River and into city for Bay City's Tall Ships Celebration.

The community, already bustling with activity as businesses and visitors anxiously await their arrival.

"I can't wait to see them," said Peggy Currie, visiting from Missouri with her two grandchildren.

Currie said, "we have family and we came on vacation and just lucky there's a lot going on."

Meaning, many finishing touches for volunteers setting up.

Shirley Roberts is the coordinator of the Tall Ships Celebration.

Wednesday marked the second of two major set-up days for the event.

"Tents, signs, tables, chairs," said Roberts.

Businesses excited about the influx of out-of-town visitors, also preparing for Tall Ships.

"We've been looking forward to it ever since they left the last time. It is a big event and has a ripple effect through the community and through the state and beyond,
"said Michelle Judd, Bay City Boat Lines.

Michelle Judd and her family own several businesses in town including Bay City Boat Lines.

They're giving visitors the opportunity to view the tall ships in a unique way.

"Get on board our ships and look at them from the riverside and got great photographs kind of a break from visiting them in the park," said Judd.

Judd said she has already noticed an increase in foot traffic at her family's antique store, Bay City Antiques Center and neighboring restaurant, The Atrium.

"We are affected in every way and it's great, we love it," said Judd.

We have a crew aboard the Madeline.

Gates open Thursday at Veterans and Wenona Parks starting at noon.

The Tall Ships begin arriving at approximately 1p.m.

A free concert by the Bay Concert Band will be held at 7p.m.

Tickets are $10.

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