Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 18, 2013
It’s time, once again, to eat shrimp, dip your toes in the chilly San Marcos River and remember the sea turtles.
The third annual YappoPalooza, a fund-raiser benefiting the bi-national Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Recovery Project, is set for 1-7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 North C. M. Allen Parkway in San Marcos.
The event honors Jeff "Yappo" Boruff, an advocate for the turtles. Jeff was 26 when he fell off a four-wheeler near the Devil’s River and died in his father’s arms in December 2009. He’d spent many summers and holidays volunteering on a 20-mile stretch of beach where the turtles nest each spring in Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, about 5 hours south of Brownsville.
The Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Recovery Project is a bi-national effort between the U.S. and Mexican governments, administered by the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Volunteers monitor the beaches, dig up eggs laid by the turtles, rebury them in fenced corrals and guard them from poachers.
The turtle was near extinction several decades ago, but has made a comeback. State and federal funding for the recovery program has waned in recent years, and that’s why Yappopalooza is so important, says Jeffrey’s father Scott Boruff, deputy executive director of operations for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
The Texas Shrimp Association will cook plates of boiled or fried shrimp. A silent auction, unicycle football demonstration, live music, raffle, children’s games and educational exhibits are also planned.
Proceeds will go directly to support the recovery project.
Even if you don’t attend YappoPalooza, donations may be mailed to: Jeff Boruff "Sea Turtle" Memorial Fund, c/o Gladys Porter Zoo, Attn: Dr. Pat Burchfield, 500 Ringgold Street, Brownsville, TX 78520. For more information go here.
For more information go to www.YappoPalooza.net.