Pirate Days

Lakegoers battle it out with water at the Crazy Horse Marina on Saturday morning as part of Pirate Days.

The annual Pirate Days returned with a bang on Smith Mountain Lake this past weekend, as thousands descended on the area for three days of fun, sun, and celebration.

Smith Mountain Lake was blessed with ideal weather, which made Pirate Days and its various attractions a must-see experience.

The majority of the boat water battles, which are a staple of Pirate Days, were held Saturday at Crazy Horse Marina. Chris Bechtler, who manages the marina, was pleased with the turnout this year. 

“It just gets bigger and bigger each year,” he said Sunday morning.

He was seen with Pat Bechtler on a golf cart that was converted to a pirate ship.

The marina also hosted pirate reenactors and pirate-themed events during the Pirate Days weekend.

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