Laurel Hill Spring Festival: Cure for post-flood blues

Laurel Hill Festival

Gospel music by Chevon Corlew and Jeremiah 29:11, checking out the north county's heritage at the Baker Block Museum's booth and children happily chasing a runaway kid join great food and art at the Laurel Hill Spring Arts and Heritage Festival on the grounds of the town's historic Presbyterian church.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

LAUREL HILL — Laurel Hill Spring Arts and Heritage Festival organizers may have found the secret to a successful event: have a greater variety of exhibitors and performers and time it right after a record storm.

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"I just wanted to get out of the house and do something fun, and a small-town festival fit the ticket," Pensacola resident Ellen Guilfoyle said. "After last week's rain it is nice to just sit in the sun and enjoy the music."

Saturday's annual festival also attracted people from Alabama, Fort Walton Beach and Niceville.

Food sales from co-sponsors Laurel Hill and Crestview Presbyterian churches raised almost $650 toward school supplies and Christmas food baskets. In addition, Crestview Boy Scout Troop 773 raised money by baking and selling Scout Cobbler, and Laurel Hill School's drink sales benefited fifth-graders' New Orleans field trip.

For Crestview resident Margot Vickery, a native Scot, some of the music brought back memories of her younger days in Edinburgh.

"Every time I hear 'Amazing Grace' played, I think I am back on the battlements," she said following Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums' performance of the traditional tune.



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