*Entertainment - A variety of entertainers will be performing in the Park on Saturday. You'll see and hear live music (including country & western and rock groups, and enjoy some colorful dancing.
*Arts and Crafts Booths - Local and regional artists and crafts people will display and sell their wares Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. You'll see many items which have been distinctively handcrafted from products of the sea. Persons wishing information on booth space and requirements should contact the Festival Office.
*Oyster Shucking Contest - Professional and amateurs from all over Florida will compete for the coveted Florida Oyster Shucking Championship title. The winner will receive an all expense paid trip to Maryland to represent Florida in the National Oyster Shucking Championship contest.
*Oyster Eating Contest - Watch contestants try to eat the most raw oysters. Anyone can enter and everyone can watch.
*Blue Crab Race - Kids and adults alike will want to enter a crab contestant in the race. You can buy a crab for a small fee and have it carry your own racing colors!
*Seafood and Refreshment Booths - Choose from a wide variety of seafood and other delicacies. Vendors will be selling fish dinners, boiled and fried shrimp, seafood gumbo, boiled crabs, fried oysters, along with hamburgers, hot dogs, and homemade desserts. Persons wishing information on food booth space and requirements should contact the Festival Office.
*Historical Tours - Take a bus tour or walking tour of the historic waterfront and the Apalachicola historic district. Sites include the pre-civil war old Cotton Warehouse, the Sponge Exchange, restored antebellum homes, the John Gorrie State Museum, and the "Sea Dream," a boat built in the 1920's which rescued sailors in World War II. You can get more info and a map at the Festival Information Booth.
*River Tours - Take a tour of the scenic and colorful Apalachicola River. The boat will leave on the hour for a 45 minute cruise. Tickets will be available at the Ferry Dock in Battery Park.
NOTE: All of the events marked with * will take place within the Festival grounds at Battery Park. We will be asking a donation of $1 per person (kids under 12 are free) to enter the Festival grounds. The $1 covers all festival entertainment.
State Archives of Florida: Series 1592, Box 02, Folder 5
Brochure advertising the 11986 Florida Seafood Festival with a schedule of events.
October 31, 1986