Barge Party VIII will be held this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, at Two Pines Sandbar in Matlacha Pass. Saturday the fun runs from noon to s p.m./ The event continues Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
"This Barge Party marks the eighth time we held this event,"said Jim Frock of Sandbar Productions LLC,the founder of "Barge Party." "Every year it gets bigger and better."
"The idea came out of organizing a surprise party for a friend in need back in 2010," Frock said. "Some friends and I mulled over a few ideas about how can we raise some money for a friend. A few years before a group of kayakers did a concert on top of a houseboat and that sparked the idea. Why not have a party where we put a band on a pontoon boat? That's where the idea took off."
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Last April, music and water lovers flocked to Two Pine Key for the perfect mix of cool waters and summer music. "April's event brought in over 350 boats each day," Frock said. "Big boats, small boats, canoes, kayaks, jet skis, john boats, Donzi's, and every boat imaginable. To date we've raised over $50,000 that went back into the area."
Because the annual event is held in Matlacha Pass, where significant natural resources such as seagrass exist, Frock is urging those who are attending to be eco-friendly.
"Last year we received a letter applauding our willingness to meet with and coordinate with the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve (CHAP) staff and other local, state and federal agencies..." he said. "We want every boater to be aware of the buoy system in place to funnel boat traffic into the event area."
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