Scallop festival just around the corner

Scallop Fest

Celebrate the scallop and order up a basket in your favorite style.

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Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 09:58 AM.

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.

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