Thursday, June 08, 2006

Moore Haven River Rally Benefits Main Street

MOORE HAVEN, FLORIDA -- As bikers rode down Avenue J in Moore Haven
Saturday, June 3, Main Street Moore Haven program manager Tracy
Whirls stood in the center of the street, taking photos. The former
newspaper editor is also Glades County's economic development
director. Given only six weeks to help organize and promote the
second annual River Rally, sponsored by the City of Moore Haven to
benefit Main Street Moore Haven, Inc. , the event drew participants
from West Palm Beach, Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda, Cape Coral and Orlando
as well as communities around Lake Okeechobee.

Moore Haven Vice Mayor and Harley enthusiast Dave McGee urges bikers
from around Lake Okeechobee and beyond to enjoy the ride over to
Moore Haven on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. "We in Moore
Haven welcome everyone to our small but peaceful town by the
Caloosahatchee River," Vice Mayor McGee said. "You'll find that Moore
Haven is a real down to earth town with a lot to offer. We have one
of the most beautiful areas around the lake, scenic parks, and of
course, the historic Lone Cypress tree, on the bank of the
Caloosahatchee River, where the city was founded in 1915."

The riverside park was the perfect venue for the rally. Residents and
visitors alike lined the sidewalk across the street from the
Riverwalk to watch games, including the "Road Kill game," "Bite the
Dog," and others. Harley Davidson of Ft. Myers donated game prizes,
while vendors, including E&L Leather Goods of Ft. Myers, Crafty
Creations and JK Design of Moore Haven, and Ole Rips of Arcadia,
donated door prizes. Everglades Realty Moore Haven broker Jeff Davis
donated the grand door prize, a $100 bill, initially won by Glades
County Commissioner Russell Echols who donated it back.

-Photo and story courtesy of Tracy Whirls

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