ESTO — The second annual Two-Toe Tom festival was held in Esto at John W. Clark Park on Saturday, and hundreds took advantage of the beautiful spring weather to come out and enjoy great music, delicious food and shop from dozens of vendors. The event kicked off with music by the Big & Loud Band and an introduction of the Two-Toe Tom Beauty Pageant winners.
Other events included music by Ron French and Elvis impersonator Jerome Jackson, Southern Chain Gang and the Springs Band, along with a car show, a horseshoe tournament, a cake walk and numerous things for the children, including inflatables, pony rides, face painting and more.
Two-Toe Tom is described as a “monstrous alligator” that was spotted in Sand Hammock Lake in northern Holmes County, and people reportedly found two-toed tracks in the sand. The legend first was reported in the 1920s.
In the 1980s, according to legend, an enormous alligator path or “slide” was discovered on Boynton Island, and on close inspection of the tracks it was revealed that one of its feet only had two toes, causing locals to conclude that Two-Toe Tom was still alive.
“The legend of Two-Toe Tom is a major part of the folklore of the Esto Area of Northwest Florida, as well as of parts of South Alabama,” according to the event program.