Hobo Festival attendance up

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

Volunteer fire Chiefs Kevin Kendrick of Laurel Hill and Charles Carroll of Almarante, along with the festival hobo, Rev. Mike McVay, were among those dunked. McVay, of First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill, reprised his role as the festival’s iconic hobo, which honors the city’s railroad history. After the Civil War, soldiers-turned-migrant-workers traveled the railroads and gave labor to local farms during pit stops.

Florala resident David Fowler, who attended the festival with his family, seemed surprised by the crowd.

“I’ve been to this festival the last couple of years,” he said. “This is the biggest turnout that I have seen so far.”

Laurel Hill residents Jeneane and Herschell Williams brought their grandson Colton Steele, 2.

“We figured this would be the perfect place for him to come and blow off some steam,” Herschell Williams said.

His wife seemed pleased by the weather.

“It’s a perfect day for this festival,” she said.

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