Hop on over to Lake Worth Beach’s Bonfire on Friday

Updated Jan 19, 2018
Doug Yoakun, Chief lifeguard for the city of Lake Worth puts woods into the bonfire, December 9, 2016 in Lake Worth. The Bonfire by the Beach event has been held in Lake Worth since the late 1990s. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

The Lake Worth Beach Bonfire started in 1997 as a low-key event, attended mostly by locals.

The event has certainly changed over the years.

“Now it has grown in not only size, but popularity,” said Lauren Bennett, Lake Worth’s Assistant Leisure Services Director. “Not only are we the only beach in the county that hosts bonfires, but also one of the few beaches in the state to do so.”

Bennett said anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people hang at the bonfire packing smore kits, roasting marshmallows and listening to bands.

She said the city spends about $10,000 on the event each year. On average, two special event staff members and six ocean rescue lifeguards are working.

The next bonfire is scheduled for Friday from 6-9 p.m.

So, come connect with neighbors and Mother Nature as well.

“It’s so relaxing to sit under the stars next to a warm fire with the sounds of waves kissing the shoreline,” Bennett said. “We don’t want to put on the same events as other municipalities. We want to be different.”

— KEVIN D. THOMPSON