The Centennial Celebration has come and gone, but if there’s one thing that the fine folks of Gulf County know how to do, it’s how to throw a party.
The 17th annual Scallop Festival is just around the corner and will take place on two separate weekends: July 27 and 28 and the following weekend on Aug. 2-4 at George Core Park and around Gulf County.
Celebrate Gulf County’s favorite mollusk by grabbing a plate of scallops on-site or frozen scallops to take home. Vendors will be serving up the tasty morsels almost any way that can be imagined.
The festival begins on Saturday, July 27 with an afternoon “Race for the Scallops” with a 5K and 10K run through historic Port St. Joe. The event begins at Frank Pate Park. Pre-registration is required.
On Sunday, the race continues with a 25K and 100K bike ride through beautiful Gulf County.
The following week on Friday, Aug. 2, the festival will spotlight local merchants during an all-day sidewalk sale. Local artists and vendors will showcase their best work. Live music will take place starting at 5 p.m. ET at the George Core Park stage, featuring The Curry Brothers, Flabbergasted and Jim Morris.
On Saturday, the festival kicks into high gear and will feature arts and crafts vendors, educational exhibits, a Kidz Zone, raffles and over 50 food vendors and plenty of live music.
Other events throughout the day will include a classic car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Plaques will be awarded to the winners in the categories of best antique car, classic car, muscle, modified and modern along with people’s choice, best of show and a mystery judge’s award.
Plaques will also be presented to the first 50 entries.
The day will also feature a Duck Derby Race, where little ones can “adopt” a plastic duck and watch as the wind blows it across the George Core Lagoon.
The winner will take home prizes galore.
Music on Saturday begins at 11 a.m. ET and will feature Bowen and Bowman, Reed Weddle, King Cotton, Cadillac Willy, the Kevin Jacobs Band and the Sauce Boss, who cooks gumbo on stage while playing blues tunes.
Gates will open at 11 a.m. ET
Sunday will wrap up the festival with the final Race for the Scallops, this time a paddle board and kayak race around St. Joseph Bay. At George Core Park, the music starts at 1 p.m. ET and will feature local Christian rockers Thirty-Three, followed by Diane Peevy.
Admission for the event is $5 for Friday events and $5 on Saturday. Children six and younger get in free. Admission is also waived for military personnel with valid ID.
To register for the running or biking events, visit www.scallopfest.com/run%20app%20and%20waiver.pdf. Alice Martin will take applications for the car show by calling 850-227-4027.