Carrabelle had a white Christmas Saturday, as they snow fell on the downtown.
Well, not exactly.
The snow was, in fact, soap bubbles, that looked remarkably like snowflakes as they shot out of a machine, blanketing the giggling children in white stuff, and creating a sort of snow drift at their feet.
It was all part of the fast of the county’s four major Christmas celebrations, an all-day Holiday on the Harbor event that culminated in the Boat Parade of Lights, capped off with an exciting fireworks display.
The boat parade, coordinated by the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, drew a smaller number of entrants than usual this year, only about a dozen, but those that took part once again lit up the river with dazzling light displays.
Taking Best of Show was Ben Harrell, representing C-Quarters Marina, which also drew top honors for the Marina Challenge.
First place for Kayak, Canoe or Dinghy, went to Tom Herzog, representing C-Quarters Marina, with runner-up going to Anni Ross, from the Lanark Boat Club, and third place to David Morse.
For Pontoon Boat, the winner was Erin Griffith, representing her Campaign for Erin Griffith for Clerk of Courts.
For Recreational Boats Under 20 feet, first place went to Bruce Shaffer, from the Lanark Boat Club. For Recreational Boats Over 24 feet, first place was tied, with both Steve and Kim Barclay, from The Moorings, and Lewis and Celeda Christie, from MS Dockside, taking top honors. Runner-up was Ben Hood, from The Moorings, and third place went to Walt Maige
For Commercial Boats through 24’ feet, the winner was Terry Martin, from Gritwater Outfitters USA.
All afternoon, the Carrabelle History Museum hosted a "Visit with Santa" event, led by Santa and his head Carrabelle elf Mayor Brenda La Paz) riding through town atop a Carrabelle fire truck. Santa arrived at 2 p.m. in ront of the White Kitchen at the corner of Avenue B and Marine Street, with a professional photographer on hand to capture the special memory at no charge, and later post the pics on Carrabelle History Museum’s Facebook page.
Each child got candy, and a free book from Bring Me a Book Franklin.
Throughout the afternoon, Two Brothers Restaurant sponsored free train rides for all the children on Mr. John’s party train at the Holiday on the Harbor.
Sponsoring the event were Platinum - Centennial Bank and Oyster Radio WOYS 100.5 FM; Gold - Waste Pro USA & The Georgian Motel; and Bronze - Fisherman's Choice, Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc. (ECT), & Bruce Schaffer.
"We also want to extend a thank you to all the community organizations and individuals that support this event through in-kind services and additional activities that help make Holiday on the Harbor a special weekend for all," said Lisa Munson, chamber director. "Beil Chiropractic, Carrabelle Cares, Carrabelle Corner, Carrabelle Junction, Carrabelle Police Department, C-Quarters Marina, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department )which brought a bouncy house), Old Carrabelle Hotel, Rio Carrabelle, Roberson & Associates P.A., Panhandle Golf Carts, Tow Boat U.S. and all the volunteers, thank you."