Hobo Festival needs last-minute volunteers and vendors

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM.

"I want my son to see what it means to help your community," Duley said. "I want him to see what it takes to put this together."

That’s why Duley signed up to help out. Soon, members of Crestview’s Elks Lodge No. 2624 pooled resources.

"We are doing what we can to keep the festival going," lodge member Betty Clark said, adding that 10 members would volunteer at the festival. The lodge also loaned its drug-awareness trailer for selling festival T-shirts and bottled water.

More than 50 food and arts-and-crafts vendors have signed up for the event, Duley said. Vendor registration deadline is Oct. 12, “but the earlier (the vendors) can get in contact with us, the better.”

The Hobo Festival tradition began in 1992. The annual event had relied on volunteer support except in 1995, when Hurricane Opal forced its cancellation.

Last year’s event drew nearly 500 people, according to festival committee member Betty Williamson.

Duley said that, despite its shaky start, community support will ensure the event returns for several years to come.

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