Thursday, January 7, 2016

Swamp Buggy Queen


Swamp buggy races are traditions in the blue collar, "Old Florida" part of Naples.
A highlight of the races is the coronation of the Swamp Buggy Queen.
This collection is in the Naples Depot.

16 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Absolutely wonderful!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The Swamp Beauty Queen is lovely Jack, the title not so much :)

Kate said...

Totally agree with Grace!!

Sharon Anck said...

Well, that is one I have never heard of before.

Lowell said...

This is for Everglades rednecks mostly!

Sylvia K said...

Yep, I totally agree with Grace, too!! The Queen is lovely -- the title?? Nope!!! Does sound a trifle "redneck"!! Hope you have a great weekend, Jack!! Enjoy!!

William Kendall said...

A peculiar name, Jack!

RedPat said...

Sounds so American to me, Jack! In a good way.

Anita Davis said...

... swamp races ... I wonder if it all got started when someone tried to out swim a gator? Very nice shot and sounds like a bit of fun everglade trivia.

Taken For Granted said...

She does not look like she has come out of a swamp. Lovely Queen. Odd event. Is swamp racing ecologically sound?

Lois said...

Nice display there Jack! It seems like a lot of towns in Florida have some type of queen. This is one I hadn't heard of before.

Michelle said...

Quite a title! Not just anyone could carry that off!

Kay said...

Dang! I think I missed my calling.

LOLfromPasa said...

What a curious title. The 1997 Queen looks lovely. Pretty impressive crown too. Happy New Year to you, Jack!

EG CameraGirl said...

Hmmm. Definitely different! LOL

stacy rhodes said...

This is Awesome Jack! In 1949 the tradition was started when Joan Ozier was crowned as the first Swamp Buggy Queen. A can with her name on it was passed around, collecting $1 donations from the community. Ozier's can had the most dollars, so she was named queen and was given a cardboard crown covered in shiny foil of all sorts, including chewing gum wrappers. The contest was sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi, which presented her with a $50 bond. Today it is a Scholarship Pageant.
Very Respectfully ~ 1997 Swamp Buggy Queen Stacy Rhodes (McDonald)