Thursday, April 18, 2013

TurtleFest 2013

Loggerhead Marina is a rehabilitation center that helps sea turtles that have been injured by various elements (natural, human, boats, etc.) recover in a safe, controlled environment before being released back out into the wild. This marina also does a lot of work to raise awareness about sea turtles in general, which was the main premise of their event this past weekend, TurtleFest.

This festival was an all day event that included bounce houses, games, live entertainment, food, activities and crafts for the kids, and a chance for local vendors to display their artwork and other crafts to the community. It was attended by around 10,000 people! As AmeriCorps members, the majority of our members were placed in the Global Village tent, where we assisted with various arts and crafts, including mosaic turtles, shell necklaces, tissue flowers, decorating cloth bags (definitely the biggest hit of the day!), creating a turtle mural, and others.

Despite a brief rain shower in the middle of the day, the event was an amazing success! It was an absolute pleasure to help out Loggerhead after we were able to have one of our Friday meetings there a couple of months ago. Can't wait to help out with this event again next year!

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