The Sanibel-Captiva Chapter of START held its 5th annual “Cracker Fest” event in early November on Sanibel Island. The event was held to generate funding and awareness for red-tide and water quality issues in our state. The Sanibel-Captiva chapter of START has funded the Coastal Classroom, Seafood Savvy and other, local initiatives of START with the funds generated through Crackerfest.
Guests at this unique event enjoyed a fun-filled night with the live music of Uproot Hootenanny, dancing, and a cast-net competition. Also included in the evening was a cracker-style feast of barbeque pork, shrimp and grits, fried mullet, all the fixin’s, and drinks. With this festive backdrop, it was an excellent opportunity to visit with old friends and meet new ones.
This year’s event was very successful in every way. Everyone had a great time and we were able to raise enough money to continue to support initiatives that will enhance marine conservation and allow us to better understand red tide.
The Sanibel-Captiva Chapter of START would like to extend its gratitude to all of the event’s sponsors and guests, without whom we would be unable to make strides in our efforts to improve water quality and prevent red tide. Don’t miss out on Cracker Fest next year – look for the event in November 2014!