While Gulf County has missed out on a scallop season this year there’s still a chance to celebrate St. Joseph Bay’s signature mollusk.

While Gulf County has missed out on a scallop season this year there’s still a chance to celebrate St. Joseph Bay’s signature mollusk.

The Florida Scallop & Music Festival is set to kick off on Oct.6, with two days of music, art and craft vendors, educational exhibits, food and a kids zone.

The festival will kick off with the first annual Bocce Ball tournament at 4 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 6 at the George Core Park Beach.

Music entertainment for Friday with Brian Bowen hitting the stage at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by Dirty Bird & The Flu at 6 p.m. ET and the Tobacco Rd. Band at 8 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, Oct. 7 festivities will kick off with the Scallop Gallop 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. ET along with the Port City Trail.

The Scallop Cookoff will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the festival grounds at George Core Park.

Music that day will kickoff with the Cypress Trio at noon followed by The New 76ers at 2 p.m. ET and Southern Satisfaction at 4 p.m.

Nashville recording artist Stevie Monce will hit the stage at 6 p.m. ET and open up the evening for fellow Nashville recording artists Love and Theft, who will take the state at 8 p.m.

The country duo may be best known for their hit song “Angel Eyes,” which peaked at No. 1 on the country music charts.

While music may be a big draw to the festival, Guerry Magidson, the president of the festival, said the two-day event has much more to offer.

According to Magidson, this year’s festival will set the record for the number of vendors to participate.

Over 50 vendors will feature a wide range of wares and a large selection of food choices.

Magidson also noted that the festival has expanded its popular kid's zone and will include educational exhibits, a rock climbing wall and a petting zoo.

On the first day of the festival, admission will be $5 for those ages 10 and up.

Children under 10 and active military personnel with a valid ID will be free.

On Saturday, general admission will be $5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with the price going up to $10 after 5 p.m.

Again children under 10 and active duty military will have no admission fee.

Parking is free both days.

Last year the festival was able to donate a portion of those admission fees to the St. Joseph Bay Preserves to increase scallop education and preservation.

While still not set on a specific organization, Magidson said that the festival will again make a contribution to a local charitable organization.

The sponsors for this year’s festival include Mexico Beach Yamaha, Sunset Reflections, Duke Energy, Centennial Bank, Panama City Toyota and Bluewater Outriggers.

For more information on the festival, you can go to www.scallopfestfl.org.