Riverfront Festival shines like a dubloon

Fishy Fashion Show

Tammy Owen, as the Bayside Bride, is impressed by "dollars" from hubby Bill, as the Gulf Coast Groom in the Fishy Fashion Show.

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 04:39 PM.

Carrabelle’s annual Riverfront Festival last weekend wasn’t flaky and it wasn’t fakey.

No, it was fishy and it was fun, and it showed what a genuine down-home event is all about.

“We’re friendly folks over here, unpretentious and welcoming, and that’s what the festival represents,” said Steve Allen, one of the chief organizers of an event carried out by Carrabelle CARES and the City of Carrabelle.

Now in its 24th year, the festival Friday evening and all day Saturday was the picture of relaxed order and careful planning, as more than 80 vendors and exhibitors, hundreds of participants and thousands of visitors collaborated to make it a success.

“I think we're putting together a very unique, high-quality festival for a little town,” said Allen. “I’m so happy of the way things are going with partnerships.”

Chief among those collaborations was the new home-style food court known as Gullet's Cove, to fit into the festival’s theme of “Pirates of the Carrabellean -The Treasure of Gullet's Cove.” Sponsored by Sea Crest Realty and Sandy Beach Properties, the food court featured mullet dinners, a low country boil, hamburgers and hot dogs, blooming onions, and plenty of fresh baked goods, all prepared by non-profit participants who included the Christian Bowhunters, the Carrabelle and Eastpoint Churches of God, the Carrabelle UMC’s God's Ministry to the Needy, the Carrabelle Food Pantry and a new group raising funds for nutrition.

The food court accented the many commercial venders who dotted Marine Street.

1 2 3 4

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top