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Live concerts, food and art at the beach in Islamorada today

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Upper Keys visitors and residents can enjoy live concerts, local food, arts and crafts and more at the 23rd annual Florida Keys Island Fest. The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside in Islamorada.

Festival highlights include musical performances on the beach, an All-American vintage car show, a juried arts and crafts show, sand sculpting, kite flying and Hula-Hoop– twirling contests for kids.

A festival mainstay is the unveiling of Islamorada's 10th annual Island Fest poster, whose artist is selected each year from an elite group of creative minds. The 2014 choice, Nancy Tome, is to autograph her portrait of Keys pelicans in a natural setting for purchase at the festival and at the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.

Renowned for her work with acrylics, the artist combines color with intense details to depict animals in their natural environment. Her paintings capture a moment in time from her subjects' daily life.

Back for its third year at Island Fest is the All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show. The exhibition includes antique cars such as Cobras and a Kaiser, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods. Its prizewinners are to receive trophies handcrafted from coconuts. Show admission is free.

The fun Sunday features the popular "Taste of Islamorada" event, with delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared by the area's finest restaurants. Festival attendees can purchase tickets for delectable samples, as well as enjoy the popular "Isla-Marauder" Rum Punch contest.

Organizers suggest attendees bring lawn chairs and blankets to maximize enjoyment of a full day's fun.

Event information: www.islamoradachamber.com or 305-664-4503
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS

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