Celebrating the Blue Crab
|May 2, 2012||Posted by Mindy under Events, Seafood|
The oldest crab industry in the United States is the blue crab industry, which dates back to the early 1600’s. The Florida Blue Crab is found along Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf Coasts in shallow water. Amazingly enough, this crab can live in salt, fresh and brackish water. Historically, the Florida Blue Crab has been an important economic link to the well-being of many coastal and island communities for generations. This certainly holds true for a small town nestled in the Florida panhandle along the gulf coast called Panacea.
On May 5, the town of Panacea will be holding its “38th Annual Blue Crab Festival” on beautiful Dickerson Bay. Aside from the fabulous fresh seafood, there will be an array of local artists and vendors there for a family fun filled day on the waterfront. The Coastal Optimist Club parade begins at 10 am followed by colorful local event favorites such as the “Mullet Toss” and a crab-pickin contest. There will also be fun and adventure for kids which includes a rock wall and pony and train rides! Several area bands will be performing during the festival and the day will conclude with a fireworks show. Over 30 arts and crafts vendors will be there selling everything from clothing and jewelry to homemade sauces as well as handcrafted birdhouses and feeders made from cypress.
Do you remember when our friends Hara and Abe, the Japanese reality stars, took over the Panacea Blue Crab Festival in 2010? Take a walk down memory lane here!
To find out more about this fun filled event visit http://www.bluecrabfest.com or call 850-984-2722.