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.
The trolley will begin its rounds at 11 a.m. and run non-stop until 6 p.m. ET.
Also planned for Saturday afternoon will be the annual duck derby fundraiser, sponsored by Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf and in the evening attendees can enjoy live music from Tobacco Road, followed by country legend Joe Diffie.
Currently 40 vendors have signed up to showcase at the event, but spaces still remain. Emphasis will be placed on the local vendors with unique booths. Pickett said it was important to shine the spotlight on local vendors to highlight what’s available in the community.
“We’re always trying to figure out how the Scallop Festival can better the community,” said Pickett. “The best way for us to survive is to help others to thrive.”
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.