Posted by: myriverlandings | March 2, 2010

LaBelle – A Town Stiched together with Love

What’s it like to live in LaBelle?  We found out at this years Swamp Cabbage Festival – February 27-28, 2010.

Have you ever driven down the main street of a small town, only to be waved at by a total stranger? Its small gestures like this that makes life in a small town unique.  There is no better example of this than LaBelle’s Swamp Cabbage Festival.  Every year the residents of this community come “home” for a weekend full of tradition, history, pride and fun for everyone.  This year’s theme was “The Town Stitched Together with Love” and we have to say, it was appropriate! 

The excitement began with the Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade.  People line the streets early in order to get the best views for waving at friends on passing floats.  As the parade ends, the town slowly walks together toward Baron Park which is an ideal setting along the peaceful Caloosahatchee River.  Amid the oaks that have been there for generations, there is a gazebo with musicians and dancers to entertain.  The aroma of food fills the air as you stroll past vendors selling Gator Tail and the famous Swamp Cabbage Fritters.  Some choose fresh strawberry lemonaide but for me it was all about the homemade Bannana Pudding!  From there we strolled through the booths filled with local craftsmen and artists.  There are so many things to do, from old to young take your pick:  5K Run-Walk; Bass Tournament; Rodeo; South Central Florida Car Club Show; 2010 Bike Show; Lawnmower Races; “3rd Annual Swamp Cabbage Festival Narrated Caloosahatchee Cruise” ; Mud-Holes and of course, the 2010 Ms. Swamp Cabbage Pageant.

We can’t wait for next year and we hope to see “ya’ll” there!

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