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Regatta of 'awe-inspiring' Tall Ships to sail into Duluth in 2016

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Tall-masted, wooden ships reminiscent of the 1800s will be sailing back into Twin Ports in August 2016.

The Tall Ships Duluth event will "outshine its 2013 predecessor every way possible," event organizers said, according to WDIO. They say the 2016 event won't just be the biggest, "but rather something more akin to massive."

This will be the fourth time the "awe-inspiring" ships will sail into the Duluth area since 2008, MPR News reports. The 2013 event was the single largest event in the region's history, generating roughly $15 million in economic activity for the Duluth area, reports say.

Craig Samborksi, executive producer of the festival, told MPR he hopes to bring a dozen ships to Duluth. The festival stopped on the West Coast this year and will be on the East Coast in 2015, before returning to the Great Lakes in August 2016.

The event will run Aug. 18-21, 2016, and feature onboard tours, day-sails, dockside tours, vendors, artisans, music, reenactments and entertainment, reports note.

There's also a secret surprise that hasn't been announced, which has something to do with "turning the harbor into the World's Largest Bathtub," Samborksi told WDIO.

The exact number of ships and ticket information will be announced as the event gets closer. People are asked to keep an eye out for more information on the Tall Ships Duluth website.

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