Flotilla nears with six spots left

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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David Salling won the People’s Choice award for his entry, “Rudolph the Redtail Stingray,” during the 2012 North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. Only six of 30 available participant spots are open now for the 2013 boat parade on Saturday, Nov. 30.

There are 24 boat entries for the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla boat parade with six spots open to reach the goal of 30 boats for the 30-year mark.

During the last flotilla committee meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, before the Nov. 29-30 weekend event, chairwoman Linda Brown said two captains had dropped out of the parade.

Soon a banner will be displayed in the Town of Wrightsville Beach with the number of spots open.

Brown and vice chairwoman Nancy Faye Craig will attend two town staff meetings in November to finalize plans. During the coming weeks, the two are also meeting to decide how to display the flotilla history during the Friday Night Party, which will feature the Craig Woolard Band.

One item the board still needs to resolve is how captains will display the numbers on their boats this year, so they are visible to text-to-vote.

There are some small changes, like new 30th anniversary logo T-shirts as merchandise and moving the car show closer to the Wrightsville Beach Park event stage for the Day in the Park.

“We have a lot of new vendors,” Brown said about the 69 vendors signed up as of the meeting.
“… We have more new than repeat this year.”

Later in the meeting, the board reversed a previous decision to opt out of the community tent at the Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market in 2014.

“I’m thinking that maybe we made a mistake,” Brown said. “If y’all are OK with it, let’s go back to participating in it. … And I’ll be honest, we did tell a lot of people about flotilla.”

She said she does not care if board members sell any merchandise, but the community tent is just something to do for the community.

With only a month left, board members are reminding the community about the Best in Show boat grand prize, which is a 17-foot Carolina Skiff with a Suzuki motor and trailer donated by Hutchens Law Firm.

After the 30th anniversary event has wrapped up, Brown will be stepping down from her position. She made the same announcement in the past, but said now she is serious.

“I think for the community and for the flotilla it’s nice to change up and get fresh ideas,” Brown said.

She said she would still be available as the former chair to be involved any way she can, but that she wants to pass the torch.

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