It was hard to miss one group of nine folks walking around Tropical Tuesday at the Beaufort Water Festival: six pairs of matching baby-blue shorts, six screaming purple, blue and green Hawaiian shirts and leis all around.
"It started out when we were all looking for loud, obnoxious Hawaiian shirts to wear, and we thought what could be more obnoxious than matching," said Scott Klumb of Beaufort.
In the beginning, the tradition had just the men in the group dressing up. Last year it was Creamsicle orange shorts and black Hawaiian shirts. The women joined in this year. Two wore bright pink dresses while a third added a flower to her hair.
The nine includes Klumb's parents, Rusty and Nancy Klumb; his fiancèe Nicole Beach; Beach's father, Frank Stinewalt; and friends Paul and Beth Andryshak, Kirk Nash, Jesse Delsoldato.
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The dressing up just makes the beach-themed night of the 10-day festival more fun, Beach said.
"We go for the Tacky Tropical Tuesday look," she said.
A smaller crowd attended the rock and raggae show by the Tsunami Wave Riders at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park than Motown Monday drew. Those who came out Tuesday did so despite showers and a thunderstorm that rolled through the Beaufort area in the afternoon.
Hope you didn't miss: While the featured entertainment during the week is at night, the arts and crafts market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for those who can stop in and shop. Booths have merchandise ranging from children's clothing to home decor, and its all made by hand.
Better not miss: Local performers will take the stage tonight to compete in the annual Talent Show. The evening will include 34 dancers, singers, musicians and residents with a variety of special skills. Gates open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 7. Tickets: $10. Admission is free for those wearing the official 2012 Beaufort Water Festival T-shirt.
Volunteer of the day:
Carrie Koulianos, 27, of Beaufort, was roped into volunteering while working at Dockside II on Lady's Island. Friend Jennifer Partridge talked up the experience. Koulianos couldn't say no and is now helping for her first year as a bar-back, keeping coolers full of ice and the wine and liquor tents stocked.
"I love Water Festival," she said. "It's pretty much a high school reunion. Everybody comes back in town for Water Festival and you see people you haven't seen in years. I've been going to Water Festival for so many years that I wanted to help out."
Socially speaking: "I have let too many trivial things get to me today. I blame it on Water Festival, which is wreaking havoc on my sleep life." Margaret Shinn Evans, via Facebook
To see what others are saying about the Beaufort Water Festival on social media, go to www.beaufortgazette.com/waterfestival.
The competitive edge: Bull and Sue Escher won the two-day Beaufort Water Festival Golf croquet tournament. Bill McLaughlin and Dena Maynard were runners-up. The two-day, nine-wicket croquet tournament starts at 9 a.m. today at Waterfront Park.