The 8th Annual Low Country Boil
February 23, 2013
Another successful Low Country Boil is in the books and those Snowbirds really outdid themselves with record breaking figures!! Just a few days after the event, the committee members presented Patti with a check for $8,200! As you can see, she was a bit surprised at the check presentation!
The Low Country Boil has always been held at the zoo with animals watching and a select few even mingling with the masses, but this year Mother Nature had other plans. The committee has always set a rain date, but have never had to use it...until 2013.
After a full week of heavy rains and no end in sight, they made the decision to hold the event indoors and thanks to the generosity of the Men's Club at St. Andrews By the Sea, their fellowship hall was made available to the group for the day. The committee was logistically challenged with an indoor layout but nothing that this amazing flock of snowbirds couldn't handle. It took a lot of planning and rearranging, but they managed to seat over 1000 people in four seatings through the afternoon...and kept everyone out of the rain!
For eight years Blalock Seafood & Specialty Market has been providing all of the shrimp and sausage for the Low Country Boil. And, as one might imagine, a boil of this magnitude calls for lots of fresh, colorful produce and and it all comes to us from Burris Farm Market in Loxley, AL.
Thanks so much to Blalocks and Burris for their continued support with generous discounts and donations to this popular fundraising event. What would we do without you?
So, here's the tall order that the committee members placed with these two local sponsors:
420 pounds of fresh, local shrimp from the Gulf
300 pounds of Conecuh Sausage
36 bags of Zataran's Crab Boil
8 lbs of butter
8 bushes of green beans
12 cases of corn
32 bags of pearl onions
260 pounds of cream new potatoes
40 pounds of lemons
11 gallons of cocktail sauce
In the dining hall they had everything ready to go: 70 bottles of Parkay Squeeze Butter, 650 wheat rolls, 350 white rolls, 1,200 plates, 1,200 plastic forks, 1,200 plastic knives, and 72 jumbo rolls of paper towels!
Here's a look at the day in pictures!
Low Country Boil History
Over the last eight years, these incredibly dedicated folks have raised over $43,500 for our zoo! They are part of our family. From the bottom of our hearts, and our feed bowls, we thank you!
The event started eight years ago with a group of folks led by Kenn and Lora Krouse from the Wisconsin Snobird Club. They frequented the zoo often and approached Patti one day wanting to know how they could help raise funds for the zoo.
Together they came up with the idea for "The First Annual Low Country Boil" and as word spread quickly they sold 560 tickets to members of snowbird clubs from eleven states including: WI, MI, MN, IN, NY, OH, PA, IA, IL, MO, ND & SD. That first event raised $1,600 for the zoo. Boy, how they've grown!
"The Low Country Boil" is an overwhelmingly popular annual event and each year the ticket sales climb! Each year they increase the numbers of tickets available and each year they sell out! We love seeing so many familiar faces come back year after year to help our zoo - it's like a family reunion!
Tickets are only available through Snowbird Clubs and sell out quickly, so contact your participating Snow Bird Club for more information on next year's event. Watching the cooking operation is almost as enticing as the meal itself. With four seatings of over 250 each, Kenn and his crew of over 90 workers have this process down to a science as timing is everything to ensure all the elements are cooked perfectly in such large quanitities. They hope to add additional seatings to accommodate more people once we move to the new zoo!
If your organization would like to help the zoo by hosting a special fundraising event
please call us any day between 9am-4pm at 251-968-5732.