Tiny little Steinhatchee, Fla., population 1,047, has been on the map for a lot longer than you’d think the quaint fishing village could manage.
According to the historical marker located at the Steinhatchee Post Office, the area around Steinhatchee, including Deadman Bay, in Taylor county was first drawn on Spanish maps in the early 1500s.
More big news came when Hernando de Soto crossed the Steinhatchee river at the Falls in about 1540.
In 1818, General Andrew Jackson crossed them again during the first Seminole War to be followed in 1838 by Gen. Zachary Taylor during the Second Seminole War.
Always all about the river, Steinhatchee obviously has a great deal in common with GreaterJax™.
What more fitting tribute, then, than for this band of hardy fisherpeople to mount an homage to another denizen of Deadman Bay, the humble fiddler crab?
How to get to Steinhatchee from GreaterJax™
- Route: US 17 to FL-16W, FL-24 E to Gainesville. From Gainesville – EFL-26 W/State Road 26 W, then FL-55 N/US-19 N/US-27 Alt N/US-98 N
- Mileage: approx. 150 mi.
- Driving Time: 3 hr.,20 min.
- Gas: 4.2 gals, based on 30 mpg
- Gas Money, Avg. price of $3.45/gal: $18.00 one way
5th Annual Fiddler Crab Festival
If you haven’t looked at a fiddler crab lately, check out the list pages for this article.
They’re unlikely mascots for a festival, but you have to appreciate the sense of whimsy.
Steinhatchee promises to be good fun for the whole family.
- Steinhatchee Crab Jam – 3 days of music starting at 6 p.m. on Friday at the River Haven Marina
- Fiddler Crab Race – 100 crabs race on Saturday. Staggered starts. Back a crab for only $5 each.
- Photo Show –$50.00 cash prize awarded for best of show in the sunset, nature and wildlie divisions. $5 for one entry for adults, 3 for $10.00 or $15.00 for 5 or more. Kids enter FREE.
- “Swamp Water” Cook-Off – Soups, stews & chilis. Bring your appetite. Cash prize for 1st & 2nd place winners in each category, trophy for 3rd place with an over all best winner. Purchase your commemorative tasting mugs can be purchased for tasting.
- Fiddler Festival Crab Parade – Golf carts, horses, floats & more. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
- Boot Artin’ – Locals show off their “Steinhatchee Reeboks” (white rubber fishing boots). Proceeds to benefit our local food bank. Visitors can vote for best entry by stuffing cash in the boot. Trophy & ribbons awarded for top three entries.
- “Lots of Spots” Redfish Contest – Saturday, $15 entry fee, mandatory Capt’s meeting at Sea Hag. Click here for more information on this event.
- 2nd Annual Poker Run – Sunday. Proceeds to benefit local Boys & Girls Club. Bikes, walkers, golf carts & vehicles welcome.
- River Tours – Tours the Steinhatchee River for up to six peopl for $5 per adult. Tous board at the River Haven Marina.
- Camp Nemo for Kids – Touch tank, face painting, kids games & more fun.
- Food & Crafts, T-Shirts, Ball Caps & more
For a complete list of events, click here.
Many contests are still accepting entries.
5th Annual Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival
- Fri., Feb. 15, 5-11 p.m., Sat., Feb. 16, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun., Feb. 17, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Admission: FREE & open to the public. Fees charged for some events.
- Steinhatchee Community Center overlooking the beautiful Steinhatchee River
- 1013 Riverside Drive S.E.
- Steinhatchee, Fla. 32359
- Contact: Steinhatchee River Chamber of Commerce
- Phone: 352-356-1086
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