WOW! What a wonderful weekend we had at our 40th Marathon Seafood Festival. A big thanks to all involved. We had nearly 500 volunteers, 220+ vendors, an estimated 22,000+ visitors, and a beautiful weekend of fun and SEAFOOD. Speaking of seafood we went through nearly 625 pounds of stone crab, 1,300 pounds of mahi, 400 pounds of butter….that’s right I said BUTTER, 1000 lbs lobster, and 155 kegs of beer! If there’s one thing we know about our attendees, it’s that you like to eat and drink! Being the 40th year this year, we added a few new things including supplying some fun yard games like Giant Jenga and some cornhole sets. We also added a fun photo booth and Instagram photo contest. Our winner of the photo contest this year was Suzanne Ferguson from Palmetto Bay, Florida. We have sent her a goodie bag of this years shirt, hat, and mug. If you forgot to pick up yours at the festival come on by our office, we still have some for sale. As always our entertainment did fantastic, one of our returning favorites was Amber Leigh.
We are having our wrap up meeting this week to get some final numbers and can’t wait to update you on the donations and money raised for our local community. For now I’ll send you off with a few photos from the event and we will SEA you next year March 11 & 12th 2016.
The Original Marathon Seafood Festival is truly a family friendly event; featuring & staring fresh-caught local keys seafood at amazing prices, cold beverages for adults and kids, live entertainment the entire weekend, over 200+ vendors, as well as a boat & art show to satisfy all your shopping needs, and plenty of rides and games for children.
The event is co-organized by the Organized Fishermen of Florida (Marathon Chapter) as well as the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce. Collectively, both non profit organizations put over $75,000 in event proceeds back into our community via charitable contributions, donations, and scholarships for local Middle keys students.
The most recent donations went to the Heart Of The Keys Recreation Center and American Youth Soccer Organization Marathon. One of the greatest feelings in the world is giving back, in this case to our community! We love the City Of Marathon!
Yet again, we had another successful Seafood Festival! This year was the 39th Annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival and we had over 21,000 attendees. It was definitely a warm weekend but the Seafood caught and prepared by the Organized Fishermen Of Florida (OFF) was delicious as always. From lobster to oysters and stone crab, there was plenty of Seafood to be ate at the festival, with plenty of cold beer to boot. With over 200 vendors and live entertainment all day, this event is a must see during your stay in Marathon. It is always the second weekend in March, so plan ahead and join us next year for the big 40th year celebration! We thank all of our hard workers, volunteers, sponsors, and visitors for your efforts this year, we couldn’t do it without you. SEA you next year!
Enjoy some photos of the event below: