6th Annual Fiddler Crab Festival® February 14-16, 2014
GET YOUR 2014 FIDDLER CRAB FESTIVAL T-SHIRTS AND CAPS NOW!!!
Available at Chapman Insurance Office daily on Riverside Dr, Good Time Motel & Marina, River Haven Marina or by sending a note to us at $15 each, in multiple colors this year!!!
All your favorites are scheduled including:
The Crab Jam (Friday 6pm - 11pm, Saturday 6pm-11pm)
With special giveaways for Valentine's Day (Friday), featuring Natalie Nicole Green on Friday Night along with The Ultimate Cowboy Challenge!
Saturday night we welcome The Tobacco Rd. Band! Follow us on facebook to see more about our headliner entertainment!
The Suwannee River Jam (Saturday, 11am - 5:30) happens all day Saturday and is the venue for the up and coming in the music field. Among other gems to get their break through the Suwannee River Jam, Rion Page and Clay Brooker have been moving up to bigger and better things. Come spend a day in Steinhatchee (Saturday feb 15) listening to this year's contenders for the coveted Suwannee River Jam finals held in May.
The Swampwater Cookoff is back on! (Saturday, sunup to 2pm) Applications are available online along with cookoff rules and other information!
Saturday Morning Parade! (Step off is at 10am) Everyone loves a parade and you can be in this one! No charge, and you can just show up or call the chamber to check in early. Look for applications above!
Sunday "Visit OUR Vendors" Treasure Quest! (Sunday, 12:30 registration, Quest begins 1pm, ends at 3pm) A new event this year, the "pot o' gold" awaits the entrant who figures out the clues to the treasure! And you get a chance to meander through all of our great vendors on Sunday!
Fiddler Crab Racing (Saturday 11:00 to 2:00 or until tickets are all sold out!) - always a favorite and unique to the Fiddler Crab Festival, buy a crab, enter one of 10 semi-final races and with a winning crab, race in the finale!
River Tours (Saturday, 10 to last boat out at 3), hosted by one of our local guides Steve Kroll, are available from River Haven Marina docks, run about 45 minutes, and bring you along some of the "purtiest natural river views" you are likely to see in the Big Bend.
20+ Extraordinary Raffle Prizes (Buy $1 and $5 tickets all day Saturday with the drawing at 5pm)- The OMG event! All tickets sold Saturday, all items raffled that day! In years past we have had local artists work, liquor gift baskets, trips, vacation stays, and more... this is DEFINITELY one of the best raffles around!
Arts and Crafts Vendors (open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, 11am - 4pm on Sunday) - we have BY FAR the best of the best in Arts and Crafts Vendors! Lining the streets around the Community Center, there is more than just something for everyone - there are lots of things for everyone! PLUS visit the "Kids of All Ages" (all weekend long) area and find lots of fun things to do including the Petting Zoo, Bunjee Jump, and much more.
Food Vendors (12pm-10pm Friday, 11am-10pm Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday) - Looking for something to eat??? Want to gorge on great seafood, to sausage dogs, to bar-b-que, to kettle corn, to funnel cakes - and everything in between, there is sure to be something for even the pickiest of eaters. And this year, there are LOTS OF TABLES TO HAVE A SEAT AND EAT!!!
Photo contest (last photos in by 9pm Friday at the community center) - With four categories for photography, there is room for just about everyone's favorite photo! Cash prize for the overall winner and ribbons for others, it's great to have your photo's judged by professional artists but just as much fun just to enter!
Boot Artin (last boots in by 9am Saturday community center) - what's that you ask??? Get yourself any ol' pair of boots, paint 'em, decorate 'em, glitter 'em up, or do all that and more and enter them into Steinhatchee's very own Boot Artin contest! Still not sure??? Check out our facebook page this month for sample photos of previous entries!
Lots of Spots Fishing Tournament (Captains Meeting Friday 5pm community center, spot counting 1-3pm at the Community Pier) - This is an "Angler Contest" held on Saturday - Anglers fish against each other from boats or the shore or a ramp or a dock... in local waters, for Redfish (aka Red Drum and Red Bass). Spots are counted by officials from both sides of the fish and the fish with the most spots is the winner! Prizes for 1st and 2nd place, plus #1 Lady Angler and #1 Jr. Angler (junior 16 and under).
Sunday Poker Run (registration 9-11, last bike or cart in 3pm) (for motorcycles, golf carts, runners, and cyclists) - 2 routes available and if it is cold, ride in your car!!! We're an equal traveler opportunity festival! The fun is all in poker hands, prizes for best and worst hands, and raffles, PLUS you get lunch! Start out at the corner of 9th St and 1st Ave South.
BIG ITEM RAFFLE! (Tickets available at the Information Booth until 3pm Saturday) Tickets available NOW for the $3500 Value Jon Boat!!! $5 each and can be mailed anywhere! You don't even have to be present to win - but you DO have to pick up your boat! This Jon Boat is SWEEEEET! Includes trailer, motor, and more. What a great way to start out the 2014 fishing season! Call us if you want us to mail you tickets - 352-356-8185! This raffle supports Steinhatchee's 4th of July Fireworks show! And what a show it is!!! Almost an HOUR of fireworks seen 30 miles away! Buy a chance and help us keep up the fireworks!
AND of course, Commemorative Hats and both Ladies and Mens T-shirts are available all weekend from noon on Friday until we sell out - $15-$22 each, hats in 5 great colors $15, glow in the dark necklaces, skin so soft for the bugs, and more!
Contact the Chamber at 352-356-8185
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