Scallop festival receives makeover

Scallop Festival

The 2013 Scallop Festival will run July 27 through August 4.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

Next weekend marks the start of the annual Scallop Festival in Port St. Joe and this year’s festivities will see two weekends worth of activities where an expected 8,000 attendees will celebrate Port St. Joe’s favorite mollusk.

Though the Scallop Festival is in its 17th year, the faces behind the event are new.

Chamber Director Paula Pickett was instrumental in gathering the music and volunteers for the 2013 celebration, but it was chamber newcomer Chellsey O’Neil who coordinated the layout of the event.

O’Neil recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in event management and worked to create an organized festival that she hopes will be consistent from year to year. For someone who up until now had focused on coordinating weddings, O’Neil welcomed the challenge of tackling Port St. Joe’s largest event.

“It really opened up a door for me to learn on a big scale,” she said. “It’s been a good experience.”

This year’s layout will condense vendors, music and seating to create an atmosphere that will allow attendees to celebrate together rather than be widely spread out.

In addition, Pickett and O’Neil have also worked to qualify vendors, ensuring booths aren’t repetitive and they are selling products suitable to the festival.

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