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10/20/07

Celebrating 120 Years on Tybee Island

Cupcake anyone? Residents and visitors celebrate Tybee's 120th birthday. Cupcake anyone? Residents and visitors celebrate Tybee's 120th birthday.
St. Michael's choir led everyone in singing "Happy Birthday." St. Michael's choir led everyone in singing "Happy Birthday."
The Savannah Tree Foundation planted three new trees. The Savannah Tree Foundation planted three new trees.
A child checks out  a crab at the Tybee Island crab races on the beach. A child checks out a crab at the Tybee Island crab races on the beach.

The birthday celebration is happening on Tybee Island. The St. Michael's Kids Choir helped Tybee celebrate it's 120th birthday with a big bash at the beach. There was plenty of entertainment, food, and of course, cake for everyone to enjoy.

Some of the most popular attractions, especially among the kids, were the crab races on the beach. Kids of all ages competed against each other and cheered on their crustaceans to see whose was the fastest. Organizers said the crab contest is a great way for kids to get up close with some of the native creatures on Tybee.

"We thought it would be exciting for the little kids," "Tybee" DAC, who helped organize the event, said, "They get to handle the fiddlers and get to see some live movement. They've been excited about it so far. Everything's went well. They'd like to take the crabs with them but some of the parents don't want them to do that."

What would a birthday be without presents? Volunteers with the Savannah Tree Foundation planted three trees at Memorial Park. The group's mission is to protect, preserve and plant canopy trees. Next weekend is their big job. They're planting 120 trees on the island to mark Tybee's 120th birthday.

Racing crabs and planting trees can work up a real appetite. So can smelling the enticing scent of the Low Country boil that the Tybee Marine Rescue Squadron was brewing up at Memorial Park. It's a time-tested Southern favorite and hungry folks say it's a perfect "stick-to-your-ribs" meal.

"You've got your typical sausage, your potatoes, corn, shrimp, a lot of different seasoning and stuff like that, it's a Tybee Low Country boil," said Barry Brown, Tybee Marine Rescue Squadron.

If you missed the fun today, activities go on tomorrow from 10am to 6pm. You can also go to www.celebratetybee.org

 

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