Pirates spotted on Mosquito Lake

BAZETTA – Pirates of all ages descended upon the Mosquito Lake Marina this weekend for the annual summer Miskito Pirate Fest, which ran Friday through Sunday.

Those in attendance dressed in their best buccaneer or wench costumes as they took part in a variety of pirate-themed games.

The fest kicked off Friday night with the captain’s dinner prepared over an open spit and continued Saturday with entertainment, including a magician and a live band, both of which attracted large crowds.

“It was big this year,” said marina owner Joe Sofchek. “It definitely has grown.”

Nearly 4,000 people visited the marina over the course of the day Saturday, and many of them were in the pirate spirit and in costume.

“Kids and adults alike dress up,” Sofchek said. “People come from around here and from the campground, everywhere.”

Sofchek explained he drew his inspiration for the theme of the event from the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa, Fla., which he attended several years ago. Sofcheck said he plans to continue having the Pirate Fest as long as people keep coming.

”Capt. John Stout” Richard Brentar performed pirate folk music for adults at the event while children could spend time looking for treasure as part of the treasure hunt.

Sofchek said people with boats at the marina also took part decorating their boats for the parade and best decorated boat contest.