Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Eight boats and more than 300 people turned out for the inaugural Georgetown Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday.
While low tide and a narrow channel, through which the large shrimp boats could navigate, caused a bit of a delay, and stoic Andy Brown played multiple tunes on his bagpipes, once underway the crowd cheered, the Rev. Ramsey Gilchrist of Prince George Episcopal Church, waved his palm frond blessing each boat and those on the boats waved and smiled.
After the boats passed, Dora Gafford of Duncan United Methodist, threw a wreath on the water in memory of those who have died at sea and Georgetown’s own Wright Skinner Jr., a harbor pilot who was lost at sea.
After the blessing, the band After 5 played, folks sampled the shrimp creations and Little Miss and Master Shrimp were chosen.
Grand marshal was Ronnie Campbell, Prodigal Son. The Best Decorated boat was Stormy Seas, Cpt. Hubert Jordan.
The People’s Choice winner (based on the amount of tips) was Seven Hundred Modern Grill & Bar and the Judge’s Choice was Big Tuna.
In the 0 to 3 year old age group the runner up for Little Miss Shrimp was Journey Blanton, 4 months, daughter of David and Kim Blanton. The winner was Nora Call, 1 month, daughter of Ryan and Lauren Call. Little Master runner up was Case White, 1, son of Cory and Chelse White and the winner was Cannon Rogers, 3, son of Wendy Hiogtt. In the 4 to 6 year-old category the winner for Little Miss was Hannah Miller, 6, daughter of Rob and English Miller.
The runner up for Little Master was Gauge Evans, 6, son of Anthony and Christy Evans. The winner was Nathan Jordan, 4, son of Bert and Michelle Jordan.
The shrimp fishermen were introduced and recognized as the backbone of Georgetown and after the festivities members of the public went up to them and thanked them.
The more than $1,200 raised benefits the Georgetown Commercial Fisherman’s Fund.