Cedar Key Seafood Festival 2013
CEDAR KEY - If there's one thing that makes Cedar Key run, it's their sea food. That's why people from everywhere take the time to pay the town a visit, especially this weekend.
This is the 44th year the festival takes place. This event which brings 10,000 to 15,000 people per day to Cedar Key is organized by the local Lions and Lioness Club. It's a festival they tell me takes months to prepare, but well worth it in the end.
Barrie Bartlett said, "My grandparents lived in South Florida... I've been collecting shells all my life." A collection she makes a living out of. "People like them, in fact a lot of people use them as a center piece on their tables with a big candle. Some people like them for their bathrooms," Bartlett said.
She's one of the many booths that take part in the Cedar Key Seafood Festival every year. This major event features well over 200 art, crafts and food related booths.
It's estimated that an average 10,000-15,000 people come out here for the Cedar Key Seafood Festival. Hands down people say that what keeps them coming back is the seafood.
Cedar Key is little tourist town known for its famous seafood and they went all out with clams crab cakes and fish chowder among other delights.
The festival happens every year thanks to the Cedar Key Lions and Lioness Club. Steve Rosenthal the President of the Cedar Key Lions Club. "The best thing is having all the people come out here and have a great time under the sun and enjoy themselves... I just love watching the smiles on everybody's faces," Rosenthal said.
The Hudson family from Trenton, makes sure to come out and enjoy the Cedar Key's Seafood every year. "We've been out here about a dozen times, we love to come down here and it's a great day of family fun... Just enjoying the nice weather and all the events that are going on," Denise Hudson said.
The festival took place this weekend in City Park until 5pm. And if you didn't catch it this time around you can expect it to happen again next year in October.
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