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Bailey Fest to be held Sunday

By Staff | Oct 18, 2017

The king and queen were crowned Friday, Oct. 13, at the Sanibel School. This year, Landon Williams and Emily Kremenchuker were crowned royalty for this year’s Bailey Fest. MEGHAN McCOY

The 32nd annual Bailey Fest is always jam packed with a plethora of entertainment, food and activities for the youngsters.

This year it will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Bailey’s plaza.

The event will include entertainment by such guests as the BIG ARTS Concert Band, The Beacon’s Quartet, Sanibel Sea School Steel Drumming Band and chorus, the Country Chuke, Another Door Opens, Eddie, The Cloggers, Peter Redpath, County Rhythm Cloggers, the Conchalele played by Bob MacPhail, Sandevilla and Megan playing the flute.

Ronnie Martorelli, who has organized the event for the past 27 years, said the entertainment will be awesome this year.

The DJ is Frank Torino.

Another popular attraction of the annual event is the crowning of the new king and queen by last year’s royalty.

This year’s queen is Emily Kremenchuker and king is Landon Williams. The entire fifth grade class was given the task of writing an essay about what it means to live on Sanibel with the best male and female essay crowned as the winners.

Kremenchuker’s essay started with “Sanibel feels like home and I couldn’t even start to imagine my life without it. I have had a lot of personal experiences and adventures.” It concluded with “Sanibel is my life. I have done so many things here, and I am very fortunate to go to school on this island. My life is filled with memories from Sanibel. I don’t know what I would do without them.”

Williams essay stated “I have lived here on Sanibel for mostly my whole life, so I have good experience with the wildlife and people.” It concluded with “I love how Sanibel comes together as a community and everyone is friendly to one another and everyone is willing to help each other. The hurricane was a really bad one and it was my first. After the hurricane my brother’s friends and I went around the island and handed out water to all the workers and people working in their yards.”

As always, Bailey’s Fest will also include raffles contributed by Sanibel businesses. Individuals can try their hand at winning a raffle – gift certificates – by visiting the merchant’s store before the festival. This year the businesses who donated include Billy’s at Bailey’s, Lily’s, George & Wendy’s, Island Cinema, Select Vacation Properties, Sanibel Barber Shop, The Grog Shop, Whims, Joey Custard, Beach Piez, Sanibel Sprout, Bailey General Store and Bailey’s Catering.

“There’s a lot more prizes,” Martorelli said, adding that new this year is the Inter Design raffle box from the Bailey houseware store, complete with four gorgeous baskets.

In addition, the event will have a chili cook off, the first time in its history, allowing the community to vote on their favorite.

Such activities as pony rides and water slides will keep the youngsters occupied.

Many of the island organization’s will also have a booth set up during the event.