More than 20,000 festival goers attended The Original Marathon Seafood Festival to eat fresh seafood, hear live music, play games and browse the hundreds of vendor booths. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Marathon Chamber of Commerce’s and Organized Fishermen of Florida philanthropic programs. Both put money back into Marathon by donating to kid’s athletic teams, scholarships and by supporting local nonprofits.
Christine Reynolds and April Rasmussen of Aquarium Encounters enjoy the afternoon talking about one of Marathon’s popular attractions.
Volunteer oyster shuckers reveal the freshest Apalachicola oysters.
The Marathon Chamber of Commerce co-hosts the event with Organized Fishermen of Florida’s Marathon Chapter. Seen here are Jeanine Christiansen, Chelsey Stewart, Daniel Samess, Christina Hager and Kyle Samess.
Art Stevens flexes his guns while filling a beer mug. That’s practice, friends.
The hydration station hands out sodas and waters to the event goers. Whitney Simmons, Charlie Brown, Neil Cataldo, Josh Stryuf, Chase Grimes, Eddie and baby Eddie Worthington, Jacob Cataldo, Nick Cataldo and Annie Hajer Ehrenberg work the booth every year.
More than 200 vendors sell wares at the event. Artisan Debbi Thompson of Keys Boat Furniture in Big Pine Key shows off some of her reclaimed wood artwork.