Tuesday, October 19, 2010

25th Annual Baileyfest to offer limited edition T-shirts

When you join us for this year’s 25th Annual Baileyfest, you must pick up one of the commemorative T-shirts created especially for this event. This year’s design was originally created for the 15th Baileyfest back in 1990. It will be recreated as a tribute to the event’s founder, Sam Bailey.

The artist who created the original design is Boomer Carroll, who is a firefighter with the Sanibel Fire & Rescue District. Carroll was pleased to hear that his artwork was chosen for this year’s Baileyfest. 

“I’m honored. I can’t believe that,” said Carroll. “I love Sam to death. He was a really cool guy. It’s really cool to even be associated with an event like that.”

The T-shirts will be printed in limited quantities, so make sure to pick yours before you leave. They will be printed in two styles: a basic T-shirt and as ringer t-shirts, with the design featured on the back. Any surplus from the sale of the T-shirts and all donations at Baileyfest will benefit Sanibel and Captiva non-profit organizations.

Baileyfest will be hosted by Bailey’s Center Merchants Association (BCMA), and will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bailey’s Center, on the corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road.

Everyone is welcome to join us for the festivities that will include lots of food and beverages, the crowning of the Baileyfest King and Queen, mule and wagon rides, a bounce house, pony rides and many traditional games. Help us support them through this very special island tradition.

The Baileyfest stage will run from 1 p.m. and feature acts from local performers such as The Hat Boys, BIG Arts Community Chorus, Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy, Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater, Bishop Verot Band & Drumline and more.

For additional details, visit www.baileys-sanibel.com or call 472-1516.

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