Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival Draws Big Crowd


By: Emily Johnson
February 15, 2014

Steinhatchee, FL - The Sixth Annual Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival had the largest crowd on hand Saturday. The festival started on Friday, but on Saturday folks came out for the annual fiddler crab race. The Chamber said this annual event brings a boosts to the city's economy. "So for us a town like this to bring in 30 or 40 thousand dollars in an event in one weekend helps every business in town," said Meg Infiorati, Steinhatchee Chamber of Commerce President.

Folks got the chance to eat fresh locally caught seafood, like from Kathy's Crab. "Low county boil with the stone crab, lobster and they come with potatoes, sausage, onions, the whole bit," said Melissa Willis, Kathy's Crab Owner.

Since the festival began, the Swampwater Cookoff has also been a big hit. Folks were able to pay five dollars and sample Brunswick stew as well as other dishes from local eateries. "This is the biggest draw to the festival. It was one of the original activities in the festival and I think people come back year after year just to do the Swampwater Cookoff," said Jody Parnell, Swampwater Cookoff helper.

Taking part in the Swampwater Cookoff certainly holds true for festival attendee Greg Stern. "These guys really do a good job up here, and I wish you at home were eating this chili because it's good," said Stern.

The festival will go well into Saturday evening from 7:00P.M. to 11:00P.M. with bands from all over entertaining the crowd. You still have time to get to the festival. The activities will start again tomorrow at 8:00A.M. with a breakfast.


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