Swan Festival to return to Wareham for a second year

Jul 6, 2018

After a six-year hiatus and successful return in 2017, the Wareham Swan Festival is set to take flight once again.

The free event will take place on July 14 along Merchants Way, spanning from the Wareham Fire Department to the old train depot with activities taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to Wareham Village Association President Tracy McGraw, the event will feature over 40 vendors including food trucks, crafts and games.

"We want to get bigger and better every year," McGraw said.

Prior to 2017, the last Swan Festival in Wareham was held back in 2011. McGraw said a lack of volunteers and funds had forced the association to put the event on hold.

"When my mother was at the helm of this event years ago, it was huge," McGraw said. "We're hoping that we can drum up that kind of support again, because a lot of people don't even know what the WVA does."

Luckily, McGraw said the association is seeing a renewed interest from the community. Hundreds attended last year's Swan Festival in Besse Park, and the Wareham Village Association recently welcomed three new board members.

"We're run entirely off donations and memberships," McGraw said. "So community involvement and sponsorship is really important to us."

McGraw said she hopes to grow Wareham events in a way that mirrors ones put on by the Onset Bay Association.

"We're one town with two villages," McGraw said. "Kat Jones is doing amazing things for Onset, and we want to see similar things here. Wareham has so a lot to offer."

For more information on the Swan Festival, visit www.warehamvillage.org/swan-festival.