For nearly fifty years, Apalachicola has been showing off what it does best at the Florida Seafood Festival. And the party reels in all sorts of tourists who want to take part in a special way of life.
Robert and his wife, Cece Ritter, drove from all the way from Pensacola. "We come and fish. The fishing and just getting away and relaxing. The people or everybody we found here so far are real nice and enjoyable and we just like coming to get away from Pensacola." said Robert.
It's also at the festival where the local workers try to keep their minds off the current tough times. Oysterman, Jesse Lolley said, "You know, we're enduring the drought and everything, the lack of water coming down the river and you know it's telling a tale on us, you know, our bay thrives on fresh water."
With the local oyster fisheries suffering--the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association says others are fairing quite well. Bruce Rotella serves as Vice President of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association and he believes things are getting better. "It isn't a real good year for oysters, but it's been a good year for crabs and it's been a so so year for shrimp. Shrimp are just now starting to show up." said Rotella.
Apalachicola residents say Friday night's was better than the start of last year's festival--and they're confident that it's a sign of good times ahead. The Seafood Festival goes on throughout Saturday and into the evening.