Scallop festival receives makeover

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf will host a Ducky Derby where kids can purchase a rubber duck to be dropped into the park’s lagoon. The owners of the first ducks to make it across the water will receive prizes and have a chance at nabbing an iPad mini. The event will raise funds for the Sacred Heart Guild.

The Kidz zone will give the young ones a place to work off some excess energy and enjoy games and crafts.

Food vendors will be selling scallops which can also be purchased frozen at $35 for five pound bags. Raffield Fisheries provided the mollusks for the event since it is illegal to commercially harvest local scallops.

The day’s music will be provided by Bowen and Bowman, Reed Waddle, King Cotton, The Sauce Boss, Cadillac Willy and the Kevin Jacobs Band.

The festival will close on Sunday, Aug. 4 with events that include a Worship by the Bay, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. ET; a Brunch by the Bay at Sunset Coastal Grill at 10:30 a.m. ET; a performance by the band Thirty-Three at George Core Park at 1 p.m. ET; and finally a the final leg of the Race to the Scallops with a kayak and paddleboard event starting at George Core Park.

An event this big can’t hope to survive without the aid of volunteers and Pickett reported that there are still positions available for those who wish to help.

She estimates that 100 volunteers are needed and responsibilities range from handing out wristbands at the gate, selling T-shirts, serving scallops, or operating the ever-popular beer tent.

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