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  • They come each year to experience the very unique event that is known as The Grant Seafood Festival
  • The folks that live in this little community in Florida have been doing this festival for I believe, 37 years now
  • My kids and I always try to get their early on the first day of the festival to get the best selection of books available
  • I think in recent years, there is a suggested donation amount for the various types of books

    • by Why Georgia
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      Every year, toward the end of February, the little hither to unknown town of Grant, FL is transcended upon by some 40,000 and as many as 50,000 people from all over the country. They come each year to experience the very unique event that is known as The Grant Seafood Festival. The folks that live in this little community in Florida have been doing this festival for I believe, 37 years now. If memory serves, it started out as a few townspeople that decided to hold a fish fry to try to raise money for the local community center. What started out as a little town event has turned into what’s become a huge event held each year that draws crowds from all over the country and is run completely by volunteers.

      The Festival has free admission, free parking and the price of the various seafood items is very reasonable! You can purchase a dinner complete with Fish, Hushpuppies, Coleslaw, and Baked Beans or you can opt to get various seafood items al a carte. Some of the offerings are: Scallops, Fried Shrimp, Shrimp Kabobs, Fried Clams, Fried Oysters, Steamed Clams, Raw Oysters, New England


      Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Deviled Crab, Linguine in Clam Sauce and Conch Fritters. For those that don’t care for seafood, like my daughter, they have hot dogs and hamburgers and fries. They serve beer, soda, bottled water and coffee as well. And when you’ve had your fill of seafood, there is ice cream and cotton candy for dessert!

      There is more than simply seafood to attract the visitors each year. The Grant Public library has a book sale each year, where you can get some great books both paperback and hardcover for very low prices! My kids and I always try to get their early on the first day of the festival to get the best selection of books available. I’ve gotten cookbooks, reference books, videos and novels all at very reasonable prices. They used to let you just make a donation for the books you chose. I think in recent years, there is a suggested donation amount for the various types of books.

      They also have over 100 Crafter exhibits that bring all sorts of unique items from all over. There are also several exhibits set up for various community groups such as the ...


      • Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Thunderhawk, who brings his Big Cats and does several shows throughout the festival weekend. You can also get your picture taken with the big cats as my daughter did!

        As if all that wasn’t enough, they have live music from several local bands. Usually there is something for everyone in the music department. It’s usually a good mix of Rock, Country, Southern Rock, Caribbean etc.

        Local radio stations are there handing out freebies and broadcasting live.

        My family and I look forward to this event all year long and totally make a weekend of it! The traffic coming in and heading out sometimes has been a real bear, but in recent years, they seem to have channeled the traffic a little better and it doesn’t seem to have as much congestion getting in and out as it used to. We have been fortunate that my parents own a house the next street over. We often simply park there and walk over to the festival.

        We have our festival food favorites, one of which is the fried scallops. They are the little bay scallops and they have a coating that is very light and tasty!

        We sprinkle them with a little hot sauce and wash them down with a cold beer. You can’t beat it!

        They run the food stands via a ticket system. You go purchase tickets at a ticket booth for $1 each and then when you pick whatever food you want, it says how many tickets it costs, usually 3-4. It’s not unlike a carnival ride ticket system.

        It should be noted, that it gets very hot usually at the festival. With the majority of the festival being out in the hot sun, do plan to wear a hat and use sunscreen! I got very sick one year because I didn’t wear a hat or sunscreen and it was in the 90’s and very crowded. I got really dehydrated and sunburned! Never made that mistake again.

        Many people come early and set up camp so to speak. They have chairs and folding picnic tables with beach umbrellas. They pick a spot, set up camp and then send family members around to get food and drinks while they kick back and listen to the music and people watch! That is perhaps the most entertaining thing of all….watching people enjoying themselves!




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