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TO PROCLAIM JULY 2005 "BEAUFORT WATER FESTIVAL MONTH" IN SOUTH CAROLINA IN RECOGNITION OF THE BEAUFORT WATER FESTIVAL'S HISTORIC FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY.
Whereas, Beaufort is the second oldest city in the State, nestled on the coast between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia; and
Whereas, through the years the Beaufort Water Festival has become an important part of the city's unique culture and heritage. The family-oriented, totally volunteer run event showcases the city's character and close connection with the water; and
Whereas, the Water Festival's origins date back to the 1930's when sailboat racing on the Beaufort River became popular. Members of the community later decided to create an event as a tribute to Beaufort's renowned southern hospitality and culturally diverse island lifestyle; and
Whereas, the first official Beaufort Water Festival was established in 1955; and
Whereas, the festival, which will be held from July 15-24, 2005, includes sporting events such as golf, tennis, croquet, bocce, and the ever-popular toad fishing. Live entertainment in the Waterfront Park includes music from the genres of Motown, Reggae, and Shag just to name a few. Family entrainment includes a Children's Day, Teen Dance, and Talent Night; and
Whereas, the community's continuous dedication to providing visitors and residents quality entertainment has made the event one of the most popular volunteer festivals on the southeastern coast. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, proclaim July 2005 "Beaufort Water Festival Month" in South Carolina in recognition of the event's historic fiftieth anniversary.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded Mr. Richard Norris, Commodore of the 2005 Festival.
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