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Christmas flotilla set for Saturday after Thanksgiving

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The spirit of the season can soon be seen floating down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The 5th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Flotilla will take place Saturday, Nov. 29.

By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The spirit of the season can soon be seen floating down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The 5th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Flotilla will take place Saturday, Nov. 29.

The entry fee is $20 and open to all participants. Judging will be split into two categories: a 16 foot and under class and 17 foot and over. Prizes donated from local vendors will be awarded to different boats.

Charles Griffin, event coordinator, said there is a lot of creativity and hard work put into boats, and some participants spend several months preparing for the flotilla. Last year’s event featured a Flyer Wagon, a dolphin-pulled sleigh and many beach themes representing the local area.

“It’s really amazing, some of these boats are absolutely fabulous,” he said. “It’s amazing what some of these people will do with these small boats.”

A captain’s meeting will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at Sharkey’s.

The flotilla will start at Shallotte Pointe in the Shallotte River and head south to the waterway to the commercial canal. Prime viewing location is behind the Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Center and Sharky’s, Griffin said.

While the flotilla is free to watch, t-shirts will be sold. One hundred percent of the profits from the shirt sales and entry fees will be donated to Brunswick Family Assistance. Donations and canned goods will be collected the night of the flotilla.

For more information, call Griffin at 612-7799 or Andy Russ at 443-8904.

KATHRYN JACEWICZ is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or kjacewicz@gmail.com.