Chamber events draws more than a thousand to park

Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2023

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Plenty of sunshine and warm tempertures made for a perfect day at Jennings Park — that and crawfish.
The annual Kick It At The Creek event hosted by the Greater Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce, went off as planned this past Sunday to the delight more than 1,000 visitors.
Judy Crane, executive director for the Chambers, said nearly 2,000 pounds of seafood were served up in three short hours on Sunday.
“We had 1,400 pounds of crawfish and 300 pounds of shrimp and sold every one,” Crane said. “We had 300 pounds of Conecuh sausage as well as corn and potatoes that went along with the plates we sold. It was a great day and we had a wonderful crowd for the event.”
Crane said the event went smoothly, thanks to the cooking expertise of the Mudbug Mafia.
“This is the second year we’ve had them come to cook for the day,” Crane said. “There work made the day better for us. They have all the equipment and know just how to cook crawfish. We are so thankful for them.”
Crane said sponsors for the event made the day even better.
“We appreciate our sponsors and are happy they joined in for the event.”
Sponsors for the day included Georgia-Pacific, Hope Realty & Development, Trustmark, Murder Creek Contractors, D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, Sherrer Lawn Care, Best Western Brewton Inn, Country Express, Anytime Fitness and The Slaps.
“Our directors jumped in and helped through the afternoon,” Crane said. “They did an excellent job and we had a great day.”
Crane said the event wasn’t necessarily a fund raiser, but the money certainly helps continue the mission of the organization.
“Of course we hope every event we do raises some money,” Crane said. “But, when we do make a little profit we put that right back into more events in the community. We want to continue to provide quality events for our residents and visitors.”
In addition to the work of Chamber staff and directors, work from others was helpful. Students who are ambassadors for Coastal Alabama Community College dug in with the directors to serve up the meals sold during the afternoon. Landan Barrentine, senior class president at T.R. Miller High School and Harley Wilson, senior class president at W.S. Neal High School also pitched in with help.
In addition to the boiled seafood, Crane said pizza, drinks and other items were popular as well.
“We had Brewton Brew and Kona Ice on hand and they did really well,” Crane said. “We sold lots of pizza as well. So I think there was something for everyone at the event.”
Kaleb King provided musical entertainment for the afternoon.

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