After their biggest turnout to date last year, Brooksfest is back for its fifth year in a row, aiming to send the summer out in style. The family-friendly event will feature food, skimboarding, giveaways and more, set for this Saturday, Sept. 10, on the beach in Fenwick Island.
“It’s just a big beach get-together for us to say thanks,” explained Fletcher Birch, owner of Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop, which helps put on the event.
“It’s kind of a celebration of the end of the summer for all the local kids — all the kids that come here and hang out. We want it to be a family event, too.”
Also helping fuel the festivities will be pro skimboarders Dave and Ton Bracht of RELYance Skim Camp — who, with Atlantic Shoals, put on weekly skim-jam events in Fenwick and Bethany Beach throughout the summer, and will be back for Brooksfest to do the same.
Boards will be available to demo for those who don’t have one, and both Catch Surf and Congo Boards have donated boards for a raffle, to go along with skateboards and other prizes from Atlantic Shoals.
After raising money for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays last year, the funds this year will go to the Alana Rose Foundation — designated to help offer local families some relief from medical, emotional and financial stress, in memory of Alana Rose Prettyman, who passed away at 15 months, this past December, after a battle with a neurodegenerative condition.
Brooksfest will take place just days before what would be Alana’s second birthday (Sept. 14).
“Just having it so close to her birthday, if people can come in remembrance of her — it’d be wonderful,” said her mother, Alexa Shoultes. “We haven’t had any fundraisers like this. I can’t wait to see all the kids — when you have the kids involved, it just brings a whole other meaning [to] doing things for a good cause.”
After skimming and raffles, attendees will head back to Atlantic Shoal’s Fenwick Shop for food, refreshments and a surf movie.
The event gets under way at 5 p.m., on the beach at Fenwick Avenue, on Saturday, Sept. 10. Those who plan to attend are being encouraged to email Fletcher Birch at firstname.lastname@example.org, so they can get a head count for refreshments.