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TO CELEBRATE THE FIFTY-SIXTH ANNUAL BEAUFORT WATER FESTIVAL, TO BE HELD FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011, THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011, TO ENCOURAGE ALL SOUTH CAROLINIANS TO ATTEND AND ENJOY THIS FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT, AND TO WISH ITS ORGANIZERS EVERY SUCCESS.
Whereas, Beaufort is South Carolina's second oldest city, located on our beautiful coast between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia; and
Whereas, through the past fifty-six years, the Beaufort Water Festival has become an important part of the city's unique culture and heritage. The family oriented, totally volunteer run event showcases the city's character and close connection with the water; and
Whereas, the festival's origins date back to the 1930s, when sailboat racing on the Beaufort River became popular. Members of the community later decided to create an event that would celebrate Beaufort's renowned Southern hospitality and culturally diverse island lifestyle; and
Whereas, as a result, the first official Beaufort Water Festival was established in 1956 and has grown to attract more than one hundred thousand visitors annually to downtown Beaufort and the surrounding areas; and
Whereas, this year's edition of the festival, July 15-24, 2011, includes golf and fishing tournaments; an arts and crafts market; live entertainment in Waterfront Park, featuring music from the varied genres of Motown, country, shag, and others; and family entertainment, including Children's Day, Talent Night, the Lowcountry Supper, and the ever popular Parris Island Marine Band and the Grand Parade of Boats; and
Whereas, leading the festival fleet is Commodore Bob Bible, with the support of First Lady Colleen Bible and Bob's 2011 coordinators, John Gentry, Jack Little, Bernie Amaya, Dan Thompson, Brandy Gray, Donna Patrick, Chris Canaday, Bill DaMude, Adam Aimar, and Nicky Fowlkes. Their outstanding leadership of the hundreds of volunteers working under their aegis keeps everything about the festival flowing in shipshape fashion; and
Whereas, after bills are paid, most of the money the Beaufort Water Festival brings in goes back into the community. The festival donates to the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Beaufort Business and Professional Women's Club, Zonta Club of Beaufort, and other groups who volunteer to help during the festival. It also sponsors a $2,500 scholarship every year for a student at the University of South Carolina Beaufort; and
Whereas, the community's continuous dedication to providing visitors and residents quality entertainment has made the event one of the most popular volunteer festivals on the Southeastern coast. The House of Representatives commends the people of Beaufort for bringing the Beaufort Water Festival to the Palmetto State and encourages all South Carolinians to patronize and enjoy its offerings. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, celebrate the fifty-sixth annual Beaufort Water Festival, to be held Friday, July 15, 2011, through Sunday, July 24, 2011, encourage all South Carolinians to attend and enjoy this family friendly event, and wish its organizers every success.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be provided to Commodore Bob Bible for the Beaufort Water Festival.
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