Seafood Festival marks CK's comeback

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Annual event is this weekend

By Lou Elliott Jones

By Lou Elliott Jones

Hurricane Hermine cannot stop a determined Cedar Key Lions Club, so just over a month since the storm sent water flooding over the island the Lions are prepared to welcome their usual crowds for the club's 47th Annual Seafood Festival.

The festival is Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There will be booths with seafood that support the island's non-profit groups, free music in the City Park.

The Lions are asking festivalgoers to pardon the dust, tarps, smudges and missing pieces.  The past few weeks have been a challenge. But despite the hardship, citizens and volunteers alike have adopted the Lions motto "We Serve."

“It’s all a go,” said Lions President Elaine Bowers. “We lost a couple of weeks because of the hurricane. We lost internet access but people are responding.

“This will be like a real community coming together, a real success story, to work.”

She said the vendor booths are “totally booked” so there will be arts and crafts available along Second Street. In City Park it's a celebration of seafood with clam, oyster, shrimp, and clam strip dinners.  Feast on crab cakes, steamed clams, clam fritters and smoked mullet.  Landlubbers will savor chicken skewers, burgers, hot dogs, and funnel cakes.

“People are just rallying around this event that takes place strictly with volunteers of non profit organizations.” Bowers said she and Lioness President Thelma McCain were organizing the groups to serve the island's best.

“They all benefit because no fees are charged to any of the non profits.” All the money, she said, come back to the community.

As for the Lions, they sell corn and sodas to raise funds for their programs.

There will be marching groups, floats and golf carts in Saturday’s Seafood Festival Parade at 11 a.m. with the theme, "Healthy Cedar Key, Healthy Gulf." 

Musicians performing at the “Working Waterfront — Clam Boat Stage” on City Park beach include Shade Tree, Billy Miller, Lisa and Paul Rice, Jamey King and more.