The 7th annual Pirates Days, sponsored by the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club, will kick off for two days with events for adults and children July 14 and July 15 at several Portage Lakes venues.

The kick-off event, the Buccaneer Bash, will be at 6 p.m. July 14 at Howies on the Lake, 4856 Coleman Drive, New Franklin. The event features an adult pirate costume contest, 50/50 raffle, 40 raffle baskets and more.

On Saturday, Pirates Days kicks off with an all you can eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 am, at United Methodist Church at the corner of Manchester and Center roads. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 years old and under. Kids are invited to eat breakfast with the pirates.

Starting at 11  a.m. and going to 3 p.m., PNC Bank will present the free Kids Pirates Days Treasure Hunt at Portage Lakes State Park's swim beach. There will be craft, vendors, concession stands. A special feature of the event are boat rides, Treasure Island with cannons, pirates and capsized catamaran, said Dana Roderick, a representative of the Portage Lakes Kiwanis.

"Our special guests this year are The Pirates of Rusty Cutlass who will be wrestling an alligator and entertaining everyone," Roderick added.

There is also a kids Costume Contest and balloon pop with prizes and grand prize winners, she added.

Roderick added that the Disc Chain Golf Tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. at Portage Lakes State Park on Saturday as well.

The two-day event concludes with a hot dog eating contest at the Upper Deck Restaurant, 357 West Turkeyfoot Lake Road, at 6 p.m. Saturday, along with a Pirate dunk tank event.

Roderick noted that all monies raised are filtered back into the community. For more information, visit the Kiwanis website at