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36th Annual Panacea Blue Crab Festival Set for Saturday, May 1

36th Annual Panacea Blue Crab Festival Set for Saturday, May 1

2010-blue-crab-festival-logo-225 Join us in Panacea on Saturday, May 1st, for the 36th Annual Blue Crab Festival.  Held annually at Woolley Park on scenic Dickerson Bay, the quaint festival originated in 1975 to promote the crab industry in Wakulla County.

Thirty-six years later, the festival has grown in size and tradition.  The festival is kicked off each year by a parade down U.S. Highway 98.  After the parade, the gates open to Woolley Park... where the old, young and young-at-heart can enjoy a day full of waterfront fun.  Park admission is $3.00 per person (children under 12 get in free).

Throughout the event you will be entertained by live music, dance performances by cloggers, and historic demonstrations.  A long-time tradition of the festival is the Crab Pickin' Contest. Watch entrants pick their way through a basket of blue crabs to "weigh-in" the delicious meat for a prize.  Of course, it's always exciting to watch the Mullet Toss, where contestants throw a real mullet in a distance-toss competition.

{sidebar id=1}Make sure you bring your appetite to the festival, as vendors will be cookin' up boiled crabs, fried shrimp, hushpuppies and other delicious food items throughout the day.  Take a stroll through the park to visit the many arts and crafts on display, where you can buy souvenirs and gifts.  And while you are there, don't forget to buy your 2010 Blue Crab Festival T-Shirt or Cookbook!

As the sun sets over the bay, settle onto the lawn, enjoy the live music, drink a little lemonade, and end your evening with a BANG... with a spectacular fire works show... a tradition that ends the Blue Crab Festival every year.

Hope to see you there!

Blue Crab Festival 2010 Schedule of Events

10:00am – Coastal Optimist Club Parade

11:00am – Opening Ceremonies/Announcements

12:00pm – Mullet Toss

1:00pm – Mountain Dew Cloggers

2:00pm – Crab Pickin Contest

2:30pm – Rick Ott Band

3:30pm – Mountain Dew Cloggers

4:30pm – Coon Bottom Creek (Bluegrass)

5:30pm – Wilson Dean

6:30pm – Brett Kelley Band

7:45pm – Sarah Mac Band

Fireworks

Visit www.bluecrabfest.com for more information!

Be a part of the Coastal Optimist Club Parade!  Click here for the Parade Entry Form.

 
This information originally published on April 26, 2010.

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