Cedar Key Festival Continues
Cedar Key may be a small fishing town, but it was bustling with activity as the Seafood Festival continued on Sunday. The quiet, picturesque town doesn't look like it, but it was at one point threatened by potential damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of last year. Fortunately, the oil never reached Cedar Key's shores and it's business as usual for the fishermen.
Over the weekend, that meant plenty of fresh seafood and happy people. Erik Jungklaus is the President of the Chamber of Commerce and also a business owner in Cedar Key. He says the charm of the seaside town is the feel of "Old Florida, the streets are safe. You can park your car, you don’t have to worry about locking your doors. People ride their bicycles, we tell them don’t bother with the locks- no one’s going to take your bicycle.”
Adults, children, families and even pets came out to cruise the tents and enjoy the sunshine. But the festival hosted more than fish fry and clam chowder.
Vendors sold knicknacks, musicians played in the gazebo and boats offered tours of the surrounding waters. Local nonprofits also came out to sell food and drinks to raise money for their cause. Chris Cowart is a member of PTO and he manned their booth at the Festival.
"We’re flipping burgers for PTO," he says, "and we’ve got grilled shrimp, and throughout here you’ve got pretty much anything you could want, seafood-wise, and funnel cakes and homemade desserts, sweet tea, so lemonade and then you’ve got all the arts and crafts.”
Old Florida showed itself in full force at the Seafood Festival and those who attended had the chance to experience it through food, music and interesting art.
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