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Posted on: November 24, 2017

Cooter Festival

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This year, again, the event was held alongside the Withlacoochee State Trail. Despite stiff winds and chilly temperatures, I joined a small group of cyclists headed east on Norvell Bryant to the Trail and down to the Festival on the last day.

The City of Inverness’ Cooter Festival is quite an event – music, food, crafts, fair rides and contests, cooter races, costume competitions and lots more!  This year, again, the event was held alongside the Withlacoochee State Trail.  Despite stiff winds and chilly temperatures, I joined a small group of cyclists headed east on Norvell Bryant to the Trail and down to the Festival on the last day.  We arrived with rosy cheeks and soon determined that some hot food was needed to gain energy for the return home against headwinds.  (Some of us also decided we needed festival tee-shirts and other goodies!)

As we wandered around, it was fun to see children, dogs and even a pig dressed up for the event.  Spiderman, princesses, monsters – and a little Elvis were “in the house”, or at least Liberty Park.  Sharon Skeele-Hogan, truly an angel at this event (halo and all) led the costume judging with flair.

Next year, if I really want to be scared, I need to attend Friday night’s Zombie Run.  I have seen photos of Sherry Bechtel and Ken Broderick of Inverness Bicycle and Fitness in full zombie attire on Facebook, but I think their photos are too scary for this family-friendly blog!

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