The Sandusky Bay Barge Parties which have been held the last few years off Bay Point on the south shore of Marblehead have been cancelled for 2013, according to an online Facebook posting by the organizers. They have held two per year over the past few years, on the last Saturday in June and July. As you can see from the photo the events were extremely popular with the boaters of Lake Erie. According to a report in the Sandusky Register, event organizer Shaun Bickley of Sandusky said the primary reason for cancelling is financial. He cited increasing insurance costs as the primary culprit. Bickley and his partners brought a dredging and construction barge from Sandusky to the sand bar south of Marblehead and converted it into a giant stage with local bands entertaining the revelers.