The Camden Windjammer Festival is the Midcoast’s annual celebration of its maritime heritage. The festival begins Friday, Aug. 29 with the arrival of the schooners followed by a talent show and fireworks; and runs through Sunday, Aug. 31.

The harbor fills with schooners, exhibits, food, a crate race, builda-boat contest, pirates and more. And it is all free to visitors and exhibitors. But it takes a community to bring it to life.

Camden's windjammer celebration has always depended on the active involvement and support of local residents and businesses. Without this vital corps of support, hosting an event that brings together 20 classic vessels, scores of exhibitors, 2 1/2 activity packed days, and 7,000 attendees from near and far could quickly become a logistical and financial impossibility. The current very small organizing committee feels that Camden's maritime heritage is about its people as much as it is about the ships and skills on display. And without more people to help run this effort and more funds to support it, it is possible that the Windjammer Festival may not be sustainable.

In order to keep this festival alive, the committee needs more community support including:

— Volunteers to staff the information table, handle the entrance gate and help with dockside events. Click Volunteer on to sign up.

— Volunteers to help organize the festival and raise funds to cover costs. Email to get involved.

— Donations to the festival. Make a tax-deductible donation by clicking Donate on the festival website.

— Become a business sponsor. Businesses that become sponsors receive recognition in press releases and during the festival itself. Email for more information on sponsorship. Join the early list of longtime sponsors, including Camden National Bank, Allen Insurance and Financial, The First, Point Lookout, Country Inn and Lord Camden Inn. Media sponsors include Down East, Courier Publications, and PenBay Pilot.