Early returns could make the 34th Annual Marathon Seafood Festival the best ever recorded. As die-hard locals congregated around the beer truck at 9 pm on Saturday night, word spread that the thirsty crowd had already sucked down 104 kegs of beer – a new record!

I sold 75 percent of beer from noon on Saturday to 6 pm on Saturday,” said Art Stevens.

“I have never seen anything like it. We couldn’t pour it fast enough. We even had to pull people out of other booths to fill in.” By selling 135 kegs, more than $4200 was raised through tips to help fun youth athletics.

“We sold out of wine on Saturday night,” said Chamber CEO Dan Samess. “And that is a first.”

Other firsts included the art show, presented by the Florida Keys Art Guild and self-serve cocktail and tartar sauce stations.

“That really helped cut down on the waste,” said US Foods rep Mary Connelly, who has helped the Chamber with the Seafood Fest since it was at the airport.

Long sleeve Seafood Fest t-shirts, another first, were sold out within two hours and the mediums and tank tops did not last much longer. By Sunday at 1 pm, the Original Marathon Seafood Festival t-shirts were already being traded above their original price.

By the numbers

20,000 people in attendance
2253 lbs of lobster
195 vendors
139 kegs of beer
115 gallons of wine (288 magnums)
400 volunteers
1060 t-shirts (785 sold; 275 for volunteers)
500 hats
9 musical acts
5300 souvenir mugs
1500 lbs of fish
625 lbs shrimp
400 lbs of butter
2000 lemons
20 gallons of tater sauce
32 gallons of cocktail sauce
750 lbs of French fries
550 lbs of hush puppies
240 lbs of clam strips
764 Key Lime tarts
51 gallons of conch chowder
700 lbs of golden crab
750 lb of medium stone crab
750 lbs of cole slaw



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