The final stop in our tour of damage
and recovery areas were the old
school grounds. The original Cameron
schools plot had multiple buildings,
including the auditorium where the
Fur queen was crowned each year.
Rita wiped all that out, leaving only a
cement footprint, where you can still
see the outline of the aisles once
walked by audiences for school
plays and concerts. After the
schools were rebuilt in one building
a few miles away, the old school
grounds became the festival site—
until Ike roared through this year,
not only blasting the festival site
but leveling the new school.
With board members homeless and
the town struggling to rebuild, the
festival has been cancelled until 2010.