ST. PETERSBURG — Nothing says kitschy Florida like vintage souvenirs and Weeki Wachee mermaids.
Throw in original Highwaymen paintings and you have the Floridiana Festival and Highwaymen Artist Show.
The 11th festival will be held Saturday at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, its second appearance there. In January, the event, which had been traditionally held at the Gulfport Casino, will move to the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.
"I like to move it around because people like to go to different historic locations in the area," said event promoter Annette Vedsegaard-Ross, owner of Hula Hula Productions.
"People are really into it. Attendance is up. Having the mermaids is a big draw," she said.
Two of the original mermaids who live in St. Petersburg, Dianne Wyatt McDonald, 81, and Bonnie Georgiadis, 79, will be at the show along with more contemporary ones to answer questions about life as a mermaid, she said.
"They're just as fun as they were back in the heyday of this popular underwater playground," Vedsegaard-Ross said.
Also at the show will be eight of the 18 still-living Highwaymen — there were originally 26 — who will have paintings for sale and stories to share.