After a town hall meeting Friday evening, Carrabelle community and business leaders have set about to partially reinstate the 29th annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival, for Saturday, April 27.
Originally to run three days over the entire weekend, the festival was cancelled by the event sponsors due to a lack of vendors, and the announcement was made at the April 4 city commission meeting.
A community town meeting at the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce office, called to discuss the festival’s demise, drew a large attendance of community and business leaders, and out of the meeting arose plans to hold an abbreviated single day event.
Lewis Christie, vice president of the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, said the shortened event will run all day on Saturday, April 27 on Marine Street, until 6 pm, followed by a street band performance and dance that will continue until 10 p.m.
The popular Fishy Fashion Show, organized by Joan Matey, will begin at 2 p.m. on the Marine Street stage.
“If you are an Arts & Craft vendor interested in setting up for this event, there will be no fees for a space, but be advised there are a limited number of spaces available,” said Christie.
Arts and craft vendors, exhibitors and other organizations interested in participating in the Festival should contact Lisa Keith-Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (931) 636-2145.
Christie said he has spoken with Tourist Development Council Director John Solomon, and the festival will qualify for a portion of the original $5,000 that was earmarked for it as a three-day festival. Those funds will be supplemented by revenue from the 2018 Festival, coordinated by Carrabelle Cares, and sponsorship by Duke Energy.
He said more information, and a full schedule of events, are available on the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce web page at www.carrabelle.org and the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.
The day begins at 6:45 a.m. with registration and shirt/number pick-up for the 5K Run or Walk, Race Day registration at the Carrabelle Christian Center, 142 River Road.
The race kicks off at 8 a.m., with participants either running or walking on River and Mill Road to Tate’s Hell State Forest and back to the center. Refreshments, snacks and awards will follow after the 5K.
Beginning at 10 a.m. will be festival activities on Marine Street, including arts and craft vendors, food, and other booths. On Marine Street behind Coastal Realty, Mr. John’s Party Train will offer children free train rides, from 3 to 6 p.m.
On the Marine Street stage, the Naked Water Band will perform from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by the Fishy Fashion Show. Dylan RP Allen will perform from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by The Free Wheelin’ Band taking the stage at 7 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy the Festival explore the local businesses, museums and galleries, view the working shrimp boats, and experience the day along the Carrabelle riverfront.
Festival admission is free and open to the public.