Unlike colder parts of the U.S., Natural North Florida stays relatively warm in February. And even if it’s cool, we’re likely to have blue skies for the 7th Annual Fiddler Crab Festival, held at the Community Center in Steinhatchee.
All your favorites are scheduled including:
The Crab Jam (Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday 6pm-11pm)
Featuring Ben Carter Band and 309C on Friday night.
Saturday night we welcome Jimmy Parrish and The Waves! Follow us on facebook to see more about our headliner entertainment.
The Suwannee River Jam (Saturday, 11am – 5:30) happens all day Saturday and is the venue for the up and coming in the music field. Among other gems to get their break through the Suwannee River Jam, Rion Page and Clay Brooker have been moving up to bigger and better things. Come spend a day in Steinhatchee (Saturday Feb. 14) listening to this year’s contenders for the coveted Suwannee River Jam finals held in May. Suwannee River Jamauditions registrations forms will be posted at www.firststreetmusic.com.
The Swampwater Cookoff is (Saturday, sunup to 2pm) Applications are available online along with cook off rules and other information!
Saturday Morning Parade! (Starts at 10am) Everyone loves a parade and you can be in this one! No charge, and you can just show up or call the chamber to check in early. Look for applications on the web site.
Fiddler Crab Racing (Saturday 11:00 to 2:00 or until tickets are all sold out!) – always a favorite and unique to the Fiddler Crab Festival, buy a crab, enter one of 10 semi-final races and with a winning crab, race in the finale!
River Tours (Saturday, 10 to last boat out at 3) , hosted by one of our local guides Steve Kroll, are available from River Haven Marina docks, run about 45 minutes, and bring you along some of the ” purtiest natural river views” you are likely to see in the Big Bend.
20+ Extraordinary Raffle Prizes (Buy $1 and $5 tickets all day Saturday with the drawing at 5pm) – All tickets sold Saturday, all items raffled that day! In years past we have had local artists work, liquor gift baskets, trips, vacation stays, and more… this is DEFINITELY one of the best raffles around!
Arts and Crafts Vendors (open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, 11am – 4pm on Sunday) – we have BY FAR the best of the best in Arts and Crafts Vendors! Lining the streets around the Community Center, there is more than just something for everyone – there are lots of things for everyone! PLUS visit the ” Kids of All Ages ” (all weekend long) area and find lots of fun things to do including the Petting Zoo, Bunjee Jump, and much more.
Food Vendors (12pm-10pm Friday, 11am-10pm Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday) – Looking for something to eat??? Want to gorge on great seafood, to sausage dogs, to bar-b-que, to kettle corn, to funnel cakes – and everything in between, there is sure to be something for even the pickiest of eaters. And this year, there are LOTS OF TABLES TO HAVE A SEAT AND EAT !!!
Photo contest (last photos in by 7pm Friday at the community center) – With four categories for photography, there is room for just about everyone’s favorite photo! Cash prize for the overall winner and ribbons for others, it’s great to have your photo’s judged by professional artists but just as much fun just to enter!
Boot Artin (last boots in by 10am Saturday community center) – what’s that you ask??? Get yourself aboot, paint ’em, decorate ’em, glitter ’em up, or do all that and more and enter them into Steinhatchee’s very own Boot Artin contest!
Lots of Spots Fishing Tournament – This is an “Angler Contest” held on Saturday – Anglers fish against each other from boats or the shore or a ramp or a dock… in local waters, for Redfish, Spots are counted by officials from both sides of the fish and the fish with the most spots is the winner! Prizes for 1st and 2nd place, plus #1 Lady Angler and #1 Jr. Angler (junior 16 and under). This will be held at Sea Hag Marina, including dock weigh in. Captains’ meeting will be at Sea Hag Marina on Feb. 13th @6:00 PM.
Sunday Poker Run (registration 9-11, last bike or cart in 3pm) (for motorcycles, golf carts, runners, and cyclists) – 2 routes available and if it is cold, ride in your car!!! We’re an equal traveler opportunity festival ! The fun is all in poker hands, prizes for best and worst hands, and raffles, PLUS you get lunch! This will start and end at Crabbie Dad’s Bar. More info to follow.
AND of course, Commemorative Hats and both Ladies and Mens T-shirts are available all weekend from noon on Friday until we sell out.