Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island is the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the 7th Annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven, through Sunday, August 11th.

With their theme, "Pirates through the Ages," pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas come from around Michigan and the Mid West to entertain everyone from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers. New to this year's festival is the Mermaid Queen with a group of her mermaids. This is the first performance for the mermaid group in Michigan.

Our news partner, WZZM TV13, reports the pillagin' and plunderin' began yesterday, August 5.  Kids can pick up a treasure map from the chest located at the Library's Youth Services Area. This treasure map will lead young pirates and their families around downtown Grand Haven in search of fortune.

Featured pirate guests this year will be Billie "Tiger Billie" Beach and his brother, Clint "M.A. d' Dogge" Beach. Billie was a New World Pirate in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean 3" and Mr. September "the Marooner" in the Dona Maitz 2011 Calendar. Clint was a featured Guest Pirate Soo Chef on the Food Network's "Dinner Impossible: Pirate Peril." They are the pirate team known as "The Forsaken."

MPF is sponsored by the Brethren of the Great Lakes and LDL. Festival brochures may be pick up at the Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Aveue, in Grand Haven, during normal business hours, otherwise visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com.

The schedule of events for the Pirate Festival can be found at the Loutit Distric Library's website by CLICKING HERE!