I went to the "Roc City Rib Fest" (http://roccityribfest.com/
) at the Charlotte Beach park for dinner. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday.
The place was packed.
Good News: I got a chicken BBQ to eat there and a full rack of ribs for lunch and dinner tomorrow. I got them from "Smoke Shack Rib", who are out of Ohio. The chicken was really good and I ate a couple of the ribs already - they are awesome. It did take forever to get the food, but I had beer so it was OK.
Bad News: Parking and traffic was nightmarish. The main lots by the park and ferry terminal were completely full. Crusing around resulted in simply following other cars looking for parking. I finally ended up parking in a soccer field across for the bathhouse and up some. It was not too bad. On the way out I made a bad choice and attempted to go up Lake Ave. 20 minutes to get from the corner at before Abbotts to a side road that I could abort and head west before getting onto the OSP and heading back east to home. The traffic coming out of the ferry terminal parking lots does not have traffic lights, so they were filling the road as the people on Lake Ave sat at the traffic lights as they cycled from green to red and back again. The Lake Ave traffic might get one or two cars though the intersection before the light turned red again. Bad news.
Lake Ave at this point is only one lane in either direction, so it simply does not have the volume to handle the outbound traffic.
This site is NOT set up for a large festival, and I do not want to think about how bad the traffic is going to be for the Air Show coming up shortly.