CHATHAM – Once again, dozens of five-foot-long, brightly decorated sharks will be swimming into Kate Gould Park.
The Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Sharks in the Park, one of the town's most popular events and a sure indication that summer is on the way, will be set up this Friday, May 19, and will be open to the public thereafter.
Local businesses sponsor the sharks, which local artists decorate using a variety of media, from paint to crushed pottery to photography. In years past, the shark display has attracted considerable attention; this year, the Merchants Association will be posting guest books in the park which visitors can sign, on stands built by Gable Building Corp with material supplied by Shepley Wood Products.
This year 57 sharks are expected to be on display in Kate Gould Park until June 27, after which they will “swim” to the front lawn of the Eldredge Public Library until late August. Each of the sharks will be on sale through an online auction, with half the money going to the artists and half to the Merchants Association, which uses the proceeds to fund its yearly festivals and a scholarship. Shark bidding should open by Memorial Day weekend at sharksinthepark.net.
The Merchants Association is also encouraging visitors to take photos of the sharks and share them on social media with the hashtag #sharksinthepark.