Hundreds of folks walked around the St. Johns County Fairgrounds in Elkton on Sunday taking pleasure in the kind of party the COVID-19 pandemic place on hold for many months.
The St. Augustine Drop Fling, organized by St. Augustine citizens Cindy Dennison and Julie Olsson, which took place Saturday and Sunday, had the really feel of a pre-pandemic occasion with car or truck exhibits face-painting reside audio meals a petting zoo and additional than 100 sellers, mostly local, selling their wares.
“We tried out to make this occasion like the festivals that we grew up with, exactly where regional folks could arrive out and have good old-fashioned fun on the fairgrounds,” claimed Olsson, a St. Augustine native. “We did this to bring the local community with each other. That is why we included so a lot of nonprofit corporations that support nearby folks.”
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Teams like the Significant Brothers Major Sisters of St. Johns County, the Council on Ageing, and OneBlood neighborhood blood bank participated in the event.
On Saturday, the Ancient Metropolis Jeepers hosted a auto exhibit and collected more than 250 pairs of socks for homeless individuals in the neighborhood. On Sunday, the North Florida Domestic Car or truck Club had a exhibit that raised cash for Daniel Little ones, supporting area small children who are abused, abandoned and neglected.
An additional reason Dennison and Olsson, who also organized regional farmers marketplaces, staged the event was to help regional distributors and musicians who were being hit tricky by the pandemic get back on their feet.
“For a good deal of individuals you see out there currently promoting their solutions, this is their only source of earnings,” Dennison said. “These are smaller household firms that have been battling for the past months.
“And community musicians, they have been hurting, as well,” she continued. “That is why we employed neighborhood individuals to perform.”
Lara and Roy Usina, who have St. Augustine Sugar and Shells, bought selfmade datil pepper sauce, fudge and honey from beneath a canopy at the party.
“It is great to see matters obtaining back to typical. It is nice to see people today out and about and having a fantastic…