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The 29th annual Ruskin Seafood Festival is ready to knock your socks off again this year, with more music, crafts, activities and scrumptious seafood than ever!

Some 25,000 seafood fans are expected to attend, from across the region and the state, to mingle, soak up the sun, nosh on delicious seafood, hear some great music, and shop for an exciting variety of arts and crafts (just in time for holiday gifting).

Held every year on the first weekend in November, the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce has built this celebration into a signature event for the SouthShore region and for Hillsborough County. Occupying a prime spot in picturesque E.G. Simmons Park for two days, the family-friendly festival offers fun and activities for everyone. An abundance of musical acts – featuring Kozmic Pearl, Spy vs Spy and Soul Circus Cowboys, among others – keeps things lively, while the interactive kids' play area will keep even the friskiest kiddos occupied with everything from a rock wall and reverse bungee to pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and more. Watersports lovers can explore the boat show, and lovers of all things crafty and beautiful will enjoy the array of artisans selling the unique, the usable, the decorative and the whimsical.

If this is your first time attending, you'll wonder what took you so long to discover this Tampa Bay area favorite. But you'll leave knowing you've found something special, worth repeated visits in the years to come. Arrive hungry, slather on the sunscreen, and prepare to have boatloads of fun!

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the festival kicks off at 10 a.m. — with arts and crafts vendors, the boat expo and the kids' play area — and lasts until 5 p.m. The food court, Sand Bar, and Clam Jam stage stay open until 9 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 5, the music starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., with all other venues open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce has endeavored to keep the price of admission affordable ($5/adults; children under 12, free). And with proper ID, all active military and SouthShore area teachers will receive FREE admission. Parking is available at $2 per carload, and the proceeds collected go straight to Hillsborough County's Parks and Recreation Department. Funds from the festival benefit the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce and their efforts to promote the area's business and economic health.

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