- By Kevin D. Thompson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
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