Serving Clewiston, LaBelle, Moore Haven and the Lake Okeechobee area of Southwest Florida.
Racers rush by starting line of the 5K Swamp Stomp Saturday morning.
The festivities got off to a good start Friday night with a block party and rodeo. Saturday led off with the annual 5K Swamp Stomp race through the streets of LaBelle. Celebrating 75 years from the founding of Hendry county, the 32nd annual festival has been dedicated to memory of Clara Hull. Mrs. Hull was a past Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and was the Parade Grand Marshal in 1995. A monument was dedicated to her honor in Barron Park today.
Sunday will see the final day of the Festival with music, food and entertainment in the park, as well as plane rides and activities as the Municipal Airport.
Amateur Radio "Hams" active at Festival
The ham radio operators manned the two-mile long route of the Swamp Stomp 5k run through downtown LaBelle on Saturday morning, providing communication links by portable radios of the runners' progress.
Participating were Port LaBelle residents Walt Wieland, Harry Schoene, and Pete Sutton. From LaBelle were Nancy Bidwell while from Clewiston was Jim Sparks and from Moore Haven, Chuck Gillette.
All are members of the Hendry County R.A.C.E.S organization, Radio Amateur Communication Emergency Service, and train weekly to provide communications capabilities in the event of a local disaster or emergency situation. R.A.C.E.S is coordinated through the County Emergency Management Office.
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