The 18th annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival will bring two days of food, fun, music and mussel appreciation to George Core Park in Port St. Joe Sept. 12-13.
Less than a month away, details for the event are being released as the festival continues to take shape.
One new change to the festival will be found in the Kids Zone where this year four bounce houses will take center stage to help children burn off some excess energy.
Rather than pay by the visit, Gulf County Chamber of Commerce President Paula Pickett said that parents can purchase an armband for $5 that will allow kids access to the inflatable fun all day.
Pickett said that while it’s something a bit different, the Scallop Fest committee wanted to move away from kid’s entertainment that used live animals, recalling the extreme temperatures of last summer.
With an emphasis on local grub, 13 food vendors have been invited to the festival to serve up goodies ranging from gelato to fried Oreos, seafood tacos, chowders, gumbos and of course, scallops.
“It’s going to be lots of good food and many of the vendors will be serving up scallops,” said Pickett. “Two years ago we didn’t have enough food and last year we had too much, so this year should be perfect.”
More than 40 arts and crafts vendors will also decorate the park to sell paintings, photography, pottery, furniture and jewelry.
“There’s going to be something for everyone,” said Pickett. “You can come out to eat, to shop, or you can do both.”
Several raffles will take place throughout the day with drawings done on-site.
The Port St. Joe Lion’s Club will raffle off a Plein Air painting completed during the 2014 festival, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball teams will raffle gas cards and Wewahitchka Project Graduation will raffle off a car.
Those interested claiming a vendor spot at the festival should call the Chamber at 227-1223. For a current list of festival activities, visit the official website at www.scallopfest.com.