PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The annual Po-Boy Festival had a successful second day out at the Pass Christian Harbor. The food, music and good times were still going strong as the festival wrapped up its third year.
Pass Christian Harbor Master, Willie Davis, said the Po-Boy Festival has been a smash hit all three years it's been in existence. He says the key to making it such a success is the focus it puts on family.
"Each event that we do, we mainly put everything out for the children, make it a family event," said Davis.
He said everyone always enjoys the car show, the music, the vendors and most of all, the food. Davis didn't shy away from showing a little favoritism when it came to the festival's namesake.
"I love the oyster po-boys. They're fresh and they're from right here at home. Can't beat that," said Davis.
The festival brought people from all around to Pass Christian. For Wayne Dore, it wasn't the oysters that struck his fancy. Dore, and his wife Lisa, came all the way from Lafayette, LA to taste the po-boys.
This isn't the first time the Dore's have crossed the state line. Along with the food and festivals, there's something else that always brings them back.
"No real nice beaches in Louisiana as far as I'm concerned," said Dore.
The Dore's don't get the prize for furthest distance traveled to the Po-Boy Festival. While they crossed a state line, a small choir of students crossed the Atlantic Ocean on an exchange program. They are originally from Bridgewater University in England.
Freya Cooper was with the group and was blown away with the experience.
"It's amazing. I mean, the food is so much better, the people are better, the weather is better, everything is better," Cooper said enthusiastically.
The weather turned out to be perfect, and the event wrapped up with the 40th annual Blessing of the Fleet. Father Mike Austin was on hand to provide a blessing for safety and prosperity. As tradition has it, following the blessing, the decorated boats paraded down the coastline for a colorful ending to the big event.