Crooked River Fest a class act

Where were you? 

Volunteers stood ready to help you park and find your way around; local food and beverage trucks were ready to serve you. The band was ready to entertain you. The weather was perfect; the bugs were elsewhere. 

It was a special, fundraising event at the Crooked River Lighthouse last weekend. It was a gala party, put on for the community on behalf of a major attraction and landmark for Carrabelle. Volunteers guided the parking with bright light sabers, volunteers took tickets and escorted visitors up and down the lighthouse stairs to assure that guests remained safe. Volunteers provided coffee, delicious cakes and cookies for just the cost of a donation. 

The 200 chairs were arranged for maximum viewing of the innovative stage in the belly of the resurrected boat. The sound system was first class, “one of the best,” a professional commended. The navigational light cut through the night, earning the admiration of the visiting New Brunswick, Canada lobsterman who told about “his” lighthouse beacon that saved him and his fisherman father many a time in their dark north ocean waters. 

Some of the guests did impromptu dances to the delight of the rest of the small audience. The Funky Taters band’s music inspired movement for sure! We hoped perhaps guests at the nearby RV park would hear it and come to join the rest of the park attendees. One couple drove by on Highway 98 and made an impromptu turn in to join the celebration.

The party was put on for all of Franklin County to enjoy.

Wish you had been there!

Mel Kelly


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