The Navy expects more than 30,000 civilians to visit its Port Hueneme base over the weekend for 1995 Seabee Days, a two-day open house featuring a parade, boat rides, softball tournaments and pie-eating contest.
A military equipment parade will roll through the Naval Construction Battalion Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, kicking off the eighth annual event. Some of the more unusual attractions include a hypnotist, Hula-Hoop contest, infant beauty pageant and pet trick show.
Visitors will also have a chance to sample international food, listen to jazz and blues, and speed across the harbor in Navy aviation rescue boats.
“It’s our base open house,” Navy spokeswoman Sarah Burford said. “It gives the public a chance to come on the base and see what we’re doing. The public gets to interact with the military inside the gates.”
Local softball teams will get an opportunity to slug it out with the all-Navy softball team, the Navy’s best women competitors, who underwent their spring training in Port Hueneme. The public can also sign up for volleyball and basketball tournaments.
Admission to the parade, boat rides and entertainment is free, although the public must purchase tickets for carnival rides. Free parking will be available by entering the Pleasant Valley Gate at Pacific Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road. For information, call the 1995 Seabee Days office at 982-3585.