Annual festival to feature Nashville singer
By Jessica Creagan
FELLSMERE -- Along with their signature frog legs, Fellsmere will present The Tim Charron Band at the Frog Leg Festival this weekend.
Mr. Charron's latest album, "Chasing the Sun," was recorded with the band of fellow country recording artist Jason Aldean, and is described as country rock with a twist of lime, a press release said.
For 23 years, the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, in the heart of the county's oldest city, has brought thousands of visitors to Fellsmere and raised money for children's recreation activities in the city.
While parking and entry to the festival are free, the food, vendor booths and other ancillary activities at the festival have raised more than half a million dollars for youth recreation, event organizers said.
Scoreboards, swimming lessons, park improvements, arts and music opportunities for elementary school students have been among the things the money raised at the festival made possible, Mayor Susan Adams said in a previous interview.
An estimated 80,000 visitors are expected this year for the four-day festival.
Beginning on Jan. 16, the festival continues daily through Jan. 19 with a variety of activities, including midway rides, musical entertainment craft and vendor booths and more.
Festival hours on Thursday and Friday are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The menu at the festival is as consistent as it is tasty.
A frog leg dinner, which includes grits, coleslaw and hush puppies, is $9. A 1- pound plate of frog legs without sides is $11.
A gator and frog leg dinner, which includes grits, coleslaw and hush puppies is $14. A plate of just gator tail, weighing 1 pound, is $13.
Dinner hours are Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Festival participants will be able to enjoy The Tim Charron Band on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., but the rest of the days and evening are just as full of entertainment, including hip hop dancing belly dancing, line dancing and ballroom dancing exhibitions and musical performers in various genres, including blues, bluegrass, Motown, rhythm and blues, rock and country.
For more information about the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, visit www.froglegfestival.com.