Thanks to the cooperation of the weather and cooler temperatures on Saturday, residents focused on conservation were able to attend the 2015 Ocean Reef Beach Festival comfortably. Activities, live music and events, and the numerous vendors kept the crowds entertained throughout the day. The annual event once again took place at Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach, Florida, overlooking a very active Atlantic Ocean, which created strong rip-tide warnings in the area, but also created a pleasant breezy morning and afternoon for participants.
The 4th Annual Ocean Reef Beach Festival celebrates the ocean lifestyle in a family atmosphere by filling the event with local surfboard shapers, educational programs, conservation and preservation vendors, a “Slow-Down, Chow-Down Chowder Cook-Off”, a video contest and exhibition, not to mention some of the best from the local ocean arts community.
Participating in this year’s event were artists like Dawn Harrell, a native Floridian, who stated that she has, “participated in this event since the beginning” and that it is the “ only art festival” she will attend due to festival’s itself promotion of conversation and preservation. Another local artist, Hassan, was enjoying the fine temperatures while hawking his wares, paintings, and prints with a Hawaiian meets Nightmare before Christmas flair. (Pictures)
According to attendee Wendi Turman, a local beach and arts lover, she found it to be a “much larger event” than she anticipated for her “small, little beach community.” She was impressed with the “amount of hands-on demonstrations and workshops” that children had to participate in to teach them various conservation techniques, plus fun activities such as the sea turtle maze.
Mrs. Turman stated that she was also impressed with the fact that the festival was had a “lot of great art to look at” and was “not filled with a bunch of vendors with similar items,” but instead had a nice mixture of artists, locale, background music, and interactive conservation and preservation activities designed towards education. She is looking forward to not only attending the event next year, but also participating as an artist.
To find out more information about the Ocean Reef Beach Festival, it’s sponsors, and conservation efforts visit http://oceanreefbeachfestival.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/orbfest.