FlockFest, Not Just Another Day at the Beach
By Steven O. Evans, PhD
What’s a day at the beach covered in gigantic plastic floats? Enter Flockfest. What started as a gathering as friends, has quickly grown into an iconic South Florida annual event. Oversized inflated swans, ducks, unicorns, and rainbows take over our own Sebastian “gay beach.” It’s quite the day of fun, friends, laugher, and latex.
OutClique talked with Steven Crawford, the organizer of the event. For more on the day’s happenings, go to www.FlockFestEvents.org.
Steven O. Evans, Phd: From one Steven (both with a “V”) to another, tell me how FlockFest began and how it grew so quickly.
Steven Crawford: It randomly started with a small group of friends getting together with a simple swan float. But each year it has grown more and more with people who want to be part of the fun.
SOE: FlockFest is more than just a beach party. Where do the proceeds go?
SC: You see all the floats and realize it is a fun day at the beach. But we have expanded it to give back to our local community. We have partnered with three great local non-profit organizations, Julian’s Fountain of Youth (www.JFOY.org), the Renand Foundation (www.RenandFoundation.org), and the United Dog Rescue (www.UnitedDogRescue.org). It’s great to be part of a day that now is more that just floats, fun, and sun, but also helps some great organizations.
SOE: You’ve enlarged this to even local and corporate sponsors. Who are these sponsors and how do you include them?
SC: We are very lucky to have some fantastic sponsors come on board. They are the ones that help make this event possible. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has joined us this year. We promote the sponsors on social media and depending on the level of sponsorship, we have a number of items included with the VIP package. Georgi’s Alibi has also now joined us as one of our sponsors to provide the onsite bar for the VIP area. We are also thankful to the Courtyard Marriott and the Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for helping making this year’s event a success.
SOE: What all do first time flock-goers need to know or bring for the day?
SC: FlockFest is about fun in the sun and enjoying the amazing beach Fort Lauderdale has to offer. There is no admission fee for the day, as anyone can join in the fun. Bring a good attitude and your beach essentials. And if you’d like, maybe a winged float. Don’t worry about inflating it, we will have an inflation booth for a small donation. There will also be food from CPK for sale and a cash bar. Stop by one of the ticket tables to purchase drink and food tickets. We also offer a VIP package that includes lunch, open bar, a VIP tent, and a goodie bag with some beach swag. We also offer a “Flamingo Package” for those that don’t drink and a beach bar pass for those that do. Both packages comes with an event tank top, hat, sunglasses, and a bag.
SOE: What’s been your favorite part about this event?
SC: That’s a tough one. Obviously there is nothing like the feeling that you’re doing something good for those in need. When I decided to try and make this event into something that could benefit others, I was determined to make sure the event was about fun. I wanted to create something people think of as a party on the beach where people of every persuasion laugh, dance, swim, and just enjoy the day together. The money raised for charity is the added benefit. So my favorite part is just taking it all in. Seeing people really enjoy themselves, and proving charity events can be awesome.
So, mark your calendars, grab your speedo (if that’s your style) and some sunblock, and come out for FlockFest. It’s a day at Fort Lauderdale Beach you won’t want to miss. Go to www.FlockFestEvents.org for tickets and more information.