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April Franklin County Events

 

 

Antique and Classic Boat & Car Show April 16

Apalachicola will host the 18th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display throughout the day.  Special highlights include home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, authentic oyster boats and workboats, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and artist booths.   Click here for more information.

 

 

St. George Island Lighthouse Full Moon Climb April 21

Climb to the top of the lighthouse to see spectacular views of the sunset and full moon.  7:30 - 9pm ET. Light refreshments are served.  Admission charge.  Contact Gift Shop at 850-927-7745 for reservations. Click here for details.

 

 

Carrabelle Riverfront Festival April 22-23

Carrabelle will host the 26th Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23.  This year's event will again feature an Antique Car Show. The festival will  be held on Marine Street along the riverfront and arts and crafts, seafood, pet parade, live music, maritime exhibits, a fishy fashion show, food booths, and a childrens' zone. Friday evening there will be live entertainment & dancing in the streets. Click here to learn more.

 

 

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IR Nautical Flea Market 2016

Seafood -- Fishing Gear – Boating Supplies – Nautical Décor – Marine and Wildlife Art -- Boats – Island Music – Marine Kids Zone -- Beer

Vendor Application

At the Annual Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival, a two-day event, boat enthusiasts and lovers of all things nautical explore vendor and seafood stands.

Stroll through Indian River Fairgrounds and scope out displays of marine-themed art and new and used fishing or boating equipment, including rods, kayaks, and lures flavored like medium-rare worms. Live reggae and island-style music wafts through the air during the festival’s duration, and patrons crunch into toothsome seafood to remind themselves of love for the sea and quests to eat every inch of it. Something for everyone!

 

 

Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show

Artist – Craftsman – Demonstrations – Music – Great Food

Held in conjunction with the Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival

Artist and Craftsman Application

Join us for the Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show April 16-17, 2016

The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show make "buying American" easy. You'll have an opportunity to meet and support the artisans and craftsman who created the work they are exhibiting.

Some of the finest marine, wildlife and nature artists and craftsmen will be exhibiting and selling their work. Photography, acrylic and oil paintings, serigraphy, watercolor, jewelry, clothing, pottery, woodcarving, quilting, metalwork, leatherworkers and furniture will be exhibited and sold.

Visit the www.MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.com  website www.MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.com  for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389.

 

 

Antique and Classic Boat & Car Show April 16 

Apalachicola will host the 18th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display throughout the day.  Special highlights include home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, authentic oyster boats and workboats, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and artist booths.  The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will host tours aboard the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch and have demonstrations of steam engines.  Click here for more information.

 

 

CONCH REPUBLIC TO CELEBRATE 34TH 'BIRTHDAY' APRIL 22 THROUGH MAY 1

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Aspiring Conch Republic citizens can celebrate the offbeat "nation's" birthday April 22 through May 1 with activities ranging from a drag race for female impersonators to an exuberant sea battle featuring tall ships.

Showcasing the republic's eccentric spirit, the 34th annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorates the Florida Keys' symbolic secession from the United States following the establishment of a 1982 U.S. Border Patrol blockade that virtually stopped traffic on the only road connecting the Keys and mainland Florida.

In protest, local officials proclaimed the island chain the independent Conch Republic. They then declared "war" on the United States, carried it out by pelting a U.S. Naval officer with stale Cuban bread, immediately surrendered and requested $1 billion in foreign aid. 

Today patriots throughout the Keys fly the royal blue flag of the republic, whose motto is "We Seceded Where Others Failed," and celebrate the secession's anniversary each year with 10 days of irreverent events. 

Among the most outrageous is the Great Conch Republic Drag Race. Slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the 700 block of Key West's Duval Street, the race is to feature wigged and costumed drag queens sprinting down the pavement in startlingly high heels.

 Subsequent scheduled events include a Conch Republic military muster, pirates' ball and pig roast, waterfront parties, a sailing race that recalls the Keys' historic shipwreck salvage tradition and the Great Battle for the Conch Republic. During the latter, sea dogs and wenches on tall ships and other vessels combat "evil federal forces" in an on-the-water skirmish that the republic always wins. 

 

The festival's oldest highlight is the Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race set for Saturday, April 30. The charity race, featuring teams propelling decorated beds along Duval Street, is billed as "the most fun you can have in bed with your clothes on."

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