A combination of sunny weather, excellent organization and community support and a large crowd of visitors turned the 31st annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival Saturday into one of the best on record.
And of course the Fishy Fashion Show, the center stage event that shows off nautical-themed outfits made from found and recycled materials, put together by artists Joan Matey and a host of volunteers, highlighted the event.
Carrabelle Mayor Brenda La Paz debuted a new “Business at the Beach” assemblage to lead off the fashion show, which closed with sisters Amelie and Juliette Cannon, the homeschooled daughters of Shiloh and Steven Cannon, of Carrabelle, modeling their Estuary Fairies outfits.
In between were enthusiastic models that included Steve Allen as Guardian of the Dunes; Liz Sisung as Elvira the Oyster accompanied by Sally Crown as her oyster trainer, Bivalvia Mollusca; Tom Goodwin as St. George the Lionfish Slayer; Rodney Reeves as the Legionnaire de Mer; Maureen Pynn as the Belle of Carrabelle; Geri Savell as the Bayside Bride; Carol Cox as the Red Tide She Devil, Kathleen Oman as Clamity Jane, and Sheriff A.J. Smith as her pursuer, the Maritime Marshal.
Returning again this year was Captain Davy’s Adventure Show as well as music from NightShift with special guest Eric Pfeufer, Frank Lindamood and Cody Barber. The Tallahassee Community College Dance Company showcased their dance skills. An Exhibitor Expo was busy all day long, with informative exhibits, highlighted by a Ramblin’ Reptile program.
The Carrabelle Riverfront Festival is hosted by the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce and the community of Carrabelle, and funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, Carrabelle Redevelopment Agency, and through generous donations from community sponsors.