50th Annual Florida Seafood Festival Begins

By James Buechele:

Apalachicola, Fla.

If you're looking for great seafood this weekend, look no further than Apalachicola.

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Florida Seafood Festival. After the blessing of the fleet, Apalachicola kicked off the annual tradition.

More than 30,000 people are expected to visit and organizers say it's a real boost to Franklin County.

"It's to bring people into the area, to show off our seafood how fresh and wonderful our seafood is, and how great our community is and how we pull together and put on such a great event," said John Solomon, president of the volunteer board of directors.

If you want local seafood, this is the place to go. Each gray tent at the festival has a specialty dish and all the money raised will go towards local non-profits. And there's one delicacy that tops the list: Oysters.

Some people travel great lengths from as far as Philadelphia to get in on the fun.

"Ya gotta have your cocktail sauce and every kind of hot sauce there is," said Philadelphia resident Conrad Gleber as he ate a dozen oysters.

There is plenty of things to do during the festival on Sunday. A 5K race starts at 8:00 a.m. and a parade will follow at 10 a.m.

Later in the day, country music star Kellie Pickler will hit the stage. She's slated to perform at 8:00 p.m.

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