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Ruskin gears up for Seafood Festival

Each fall, thousands flock to Ruskin to indulge in seafood and enjoy the cool weather at the annual Ruskin Seafood Festival at E.G. Simmons Park. Here's your guide to this year's festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday.

Jessica Vander Velde, Times Staff Writer


Tony's Seafood Restaurant will bring its award-winning clam chowder down from Cedar Key. In June, the chowder won first place at the 28th annual Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-Off in Rhode Island. The festival will feature 21 food vendors, offering lots of deep fried and fresh fare.

Arts and crafts

Twenty-seven vendors will sell jewelry, paintings, carvings and more. Apollo Beach potter Barbara DeTullio will showcase her handmade pottery.

For the kids

The children's area features a clown, games, a bouncy house, a hands-on workshop hosted by Home Depot, pony rides and stage shows. Around noon, CAPOWHAT, a two-person team, will perform capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art that combines music, dance, games and martial arts.

Boat show

Check out boat displays, including one from the U.S Coast Guard. Ruskin's Sanchez Brothers Custom Fabrication will bring examples of customized additions.

If you go

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin

Cost: $5 for adults, free for children under 12

Food: Generally, $2 to $14


Main stage:


Music by Caribbean Cowboy: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ruskin honorary mayor announced: Noon

Music by Off the Cuff: 2 to 5 p.m.


Music by T-Blue: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Music by Off the Cuff: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Children's area:


Jumbo the Clown: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

CAPOWHAT: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Silly Sam the Music Man: 2 to 2:45 p.m.

The Music Lady show: 3 to 4 p.m.


Jumbo the Clown: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mad Science Fire & Ice show: noon to 1 p.m.

Times are subject to change.

Ruskin gears up for Seafood Festival 11/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2009 3:30am]
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