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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Florida Scallop & Music Festival Rolls into Port St. Joe

A long-standing Florida tradition returns for the 14th year this August in a celebration of the Gulf region and Florida’s beautiful “Forgotten Coast”.

The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Florida Scallop & Music Festival, formerly known as the St. Joseph Bay Scallop Festival, which brings arts and crafts, music, and the ocean’s bounty to the Waterfront at Shipyard Cove on Friday August 6 through Sunday August 8.

A weekend of fun for the whole family with attractions from local businesses and regional food at an inexpensive price gives the Southeast an easy way to experience the best of the Port St. Joe area in Florida’s Northwestern Panhandle, approximately 35 miles southeast of Panama City.

The kickoff on Friday features an all-day merchant sidewalk sale, where local vendors and artists will showcase their best, and will include a Patron Dinner featuring many award-winning chefs.

General festivities begin on Saturday with the traditional opening ceremony. A variety of vendors will serve scallops to festival-goers and other vendors will also be serving refreshing snacks and meals. While feasting on the festival’s namesake, guests can also peruse the merchandise of many artists and craft vendors throughout the day, and enjoy live music.

The fun continues on Sunday with the returning vendors and activities. Scallops and snacks will be served by various vendors until Sunday evening.

Admission for children ages 10 and younger is free, as is for those 65 years and older and military personnel with valid I.D. General admission to the festival is $5 per person on Saturday, and $5 per person on Sunday.

For more information about top events in Florida take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Florida.

For more information on the Florida Scallop & Music Festival visit http://www.gulfchamber.org/scallopfestival