Get hooked on the 34th annual Seafood Festival

Seafood Festival
Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 03:55 PM.

With only two days until the 34th annual Seafood Festival, organizers are putting the finishing touches on an event that drew 50,000 people last year.

“Now, it’s the calm before the storm,” said Mike Eller, one of the festival’s organizers and co-chairman of the Destin Charter Boat Association.

Free and open to the public, Destin’s annual tradition kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday, and showcases Destin’s heritage, as it stretches along the new harbor boardwalk from HarborWalk Village on the west to Dockside and the Boathouse Oyster Bar on the east.

In its second year, Eller said one of the most exciting events during the festival is the kid’s Mingo Toss, which will take place Sunday at the city’s Royal Melvin Heritage Park.

In addition to the Mingo Toss, pirate entertainer Capt. Davey is going to lead children on a “Ye Old Treasure Hunt” along the harbor.

“There is going to be a lot for the kids to do,” Eller said, noting they will also have an area full of crafts, bounce houses and other activities. The kid’s area will be located on the Heron Harbor property, behind the old Electric Cowboy.

As for the festival itself, Eller said he is proud to announce that almost every harbor front property owner is “on board” as a festival partner, which makes the Seafood Festival more cohesive and community oriented.

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