Survivorfest returns to SPI

Special to the PRESS

A beloved Island tradition was resurrected this past Tuesday evening, when several local restaurants and businesses collaborated to bring back an event known as Survivorfest on South Padre Island.

Survivorfest began back in the late 1980’s, according to Mary Jo Camp, former co-owner of Dolphin Cove Oyster Bar, a restaurant that used to be located in Isla Blanca Park. They hosted the event for several years, and Camp, wearing a vintage Survivorfest t-shirt from 1999, spoke about the event’s purpose. “Survivorfest started as an end-of-summer party for local residents and business owners, as a way to celebrate having survived the busy summer tourist season,” she explained.

According to her husband, James Camp, it began at Charlie’s, a business owned by one of the original owners of Louie’s Back Yard. Dolphin Cove Oyster Bar then hosted for several years, then it briefly moved to Palm Street Pier before coming to an end.

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