Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SEC BeachFest expects TEN THOUSAND

SEC BeachFest expects to bring 10,000 fans to Gulf Shores
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More than 10,000 football fans are expected to attend the SEC BeachFest that kicks off the season with game talk by legendary current and past coaches and players, live music and photo ops with the BSC championship trophy from Aug. 23-26 at the city’s public beach. 
 "We like to say all our teams are undefeated that weekend," said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. The goal on the game-free weekend "is to drive people to the beach," she said.

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Frankly, we think an estimate of "more than 10,000" is a bit on the low side. If the weather is expected to be good that weekend--and there are no tropical systems threatening the coast--the event could be as big as the recently completed Hangout Fest and 2010's free Jimmy Buffett concert.

People love to come to land's end. They love football, they love live music and they love parties. The opportunity to schmooze with coaching legends like Gene Stallings, Pat Dye, RC Slocum and Vince Dooley and drink copious amounts of their favorite beverage at sundown? On one of the most beautiful beaches in the country?

Ten thousand would be a disaster.