Scallop Fest plans take shape

Scallop Fest

The 18th annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival will be held on Sept. 12-13.

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Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 09:34 AM.

The 18th annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival will bring two days of food, fun, music and mussel appreciation to Port St. Joe on Sept. 12-13.

While still a month away, details for the event are being released as the festival continues to take shape.

Gulf County Chamber of Commerce President Paula Pickett, one of the event’s main organizers, said this year, she was determined to get the downtown merchants involved with the festival.

In years past the festival was held on Reid Ave., but was relocated to George Core Park as the festival became larger and the crowds grew in size.

To encourage the festival’s ever-growing crowd to visit the downtown corridor, Pickett has organized a free trolley that will shuttle attendees from the festival grounds to Reid Ave. and back.

“This will get people moving,” said Pickett. “This way, we’re engaging the local businesses and the local economy.”

On Saturday the trolley, sponsored by BlueWater Outriggers, will pick up travelers at the main entrance to George Core Park and drop them off midway down Reid Ave.

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