Y'all! IT was just so much fun.
IT being the 5th Annual Shrimp and Grits Festival at Jekyll Island this past weekend.
It was named one of the top festivals in the southeast, and I can see why. It had all the elements of a great fair. Great food. Great music. Great weather. Great arts and crafts. Great people. Great planning. A Super Great setting.
On the lawn of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and throughout the Historic District, people converged.
Cooking people, crafty people, talented people, hungry people, happy people.
Young and Old.
I asked one guy who was working there: How many people do y'all expect? He said: Oh, this is a big festival. People think it's small, but it's a big deal. We're expecting over 600 people this year.
Now that is funny. I told him I thought it would be WAY OVER 600 this year.
He was young. And uninformed. (Reminds me of the Thanksgiving interviews of second graders about how to cook a turkey. "You put the oven on 50 degrees and you....")
There were over 18,000 people there last year, and they were expecting more than that this year.
Friday night was "Sample Night." (Wow, has it already been a week?!)
One thing that made me laugh was how many different times I heard the song "Spooky." (In the cool of the evening when everything is getting kinda groovy.....youtube link ...) Anyway, I think every single band played that song. Mayhaps it is the theme song for Jekyll Island?
There was a large area for arts and crafts booths under the huge oak trees. I wish I knew how many vendors were there. (If I asked the fellow I mentioned above he probably would have told me: "Wow. Way over 10.") I'm telling you---there were hundreds. And you wouldn't believe the talent represented there. Amazing. REALLY amazing.
And I've already
Truth is that I'm just lucky. Hey, I'll take lucky any old day. These races were filled with the nicest people. All the way up to the race director. Everyone was excited, yet laid back. The people who participated were friendly and light hearted. This series of races has got to be my favorite race yet that I've done.
In fact, I hope can go back every year to this FUN FESTIVAL! It earned it's reputation: it is definitely one of the best in the southeast. Now is not too soon to put it on my calendar. I need to train better next year for that killer 4-mile beach run. My knees still hurt....Ah well! I sure wish I had some of that delicious shrimp and grits tonight....daydreamin' again about our time in Jekyll.....got to get back to the rat race.