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Tame your hunger for seafood with the St. Augustine Lions this weekend

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Seafood lovers, your hunt for fresh bounty from the sea is over.

The 33rd Annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival opens tomorrow at Francis Field. Admission is $3 for adults, and your kids ages 12 and under get in FREE.

Get there early because the Lions draw about 20,000 festival goers from in and around northeast Florida.

Plus the proceeds benefit the Lions Club’s charities.

Stand by for seafood

By all accounts seafood any way you want it and by the ton. One of the festival sponsors is Fresh from Florida® Gulf seafood.

Eleven, count them, eleven seafood restaurants including Marco’s Seafood Express (Palm Coast), Nomi’s Island Grill (Jacksonville) and Tailgater Toby (Ponte Vedra Beach) will serve up Cajun seafood, Greek seafood, chowders, platters, gumbos and tacos.

For the seafood-intolerant there are plenty of yummy choices – chicken fingers, corn dogs, pizza, desserts and all the fixin’s.

And, yes, you can enjoy your mounds of fresh seafood with wine and beer.

Here’s the menu.

The music just gets better & better

Jim Stafford emcees Friday’s Jazz Night featuring the Bill Doyle Quartet.

If you’re into star trips, a special $20 VIP Premium Package gets you the good seats for the jazz, souvenir wine glass or beer mug filled with your chose beverage and FREE admission to the festival all three day.s

On Saturday and Sunday, besides the pirate and magic shows you’ve come to expect, you can relax to live music by local favorites Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards and the Florida State Bluegrass Band.

Then there are six other regional and local favorites – like Brittney Lawrence & the Grave Diggers – as well.

All little something for everyone

After you’ve enjoyed the music and while you’re waiting to eat again, you certainly won’t be bored.

Here’s what else is in store:

  • Over 100 arts & crafts exhibitors with acres of affordable goods
  • Fun for the whole family – Euro bungee, mini jet ride, bumper boat ride, human hamster water ball & more
  • Pirate Landing & Pirate Magic
  • $2 raffle tickets – 1st prize winner 50/50 cash, 2nd & 3rd Winn-Dixie gift card

It’s a win-win

For three bucks plus food, you have to admit that the Lions offer good value for money.

Satisfy your seafood lust and make a donation for charity.

Plus you get to see fellow Floridian Jim Stafford again. And he’s funny.

Be a sport. Have a ball.

GJE

33rd Annual St. Augustine Lion's Seafood & Music Festival

  • Fri., Mar. 21 3-9 p.m., Sat., Mar. 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., Mar. 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • No pets or coolers allowed.
  • Admission: $3, Kids under 12 & under FREE
  • Francis Field
  • 25 W. Castillo Drive,
  • St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Phone: 904-829-1753
  • Fax: 904-824-4325
  • Email: admin@lionsfestival.com

www.lionsfestival.com

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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: kt.4examiner@yahoo.com

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