For generations, people born in Key West have proudly called themselves conchs after the hardy sea mollusk that lives in the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. The third annual celebration of their heritage, the family-friendly ConchFest, is set for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
Presented by the Rotary Club of Key West, the festival is to feature attractions ranging from cuisine to creative wares at Bayview Park, located on Truman Avenue at the entrance to the island citys historic Old Town. Admission is free.
Attendees can enjoy a conch cook-off showcasing the savory flavor of Key Wests favorite seafood. Traditional food and libations including conch fritters and conch salad are to be available for purchase, as are arts and crafts from on-site vendors.
Among the scheduled activities are a co-ed softball tournament, cheerleading and gymnastics demonstrations, kids activities and performances by Key West High School students.
A free concert also is on tap, with live music by local favorites the Bubba System and renowned Keys singer/songwriter Howard Livingston with his Mile Marker 24 band.
Local dance troupes might appear as well, according to event organizers.
Commemorating Key Wests longstanding tradition of community spirit and acceptance, ConchFest is to raise money for the Rotary Club of Key West's college scholarship program for local students.
Event information: www.conchfestkeywest.com
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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