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Southwest Florida Seafood Festival – Classic Car & Bike Show this Saturday

By Staff | Mar 14, 2012

The 11th annual Southwest Florida Seafood Festival Classic Car and Bike Show will grace the German American Social Club this weekend to raise funds for the Matlacha Mariners.

The event, which will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday, will include activities for the entire family to enjoy until 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 11 years old and younger with a paid adult.

Event coordinator Rick Williams said the festival is the Matlacha Mariners’ biggest event of the year, due to it being the best money generator.

“It provides us the money to do a lot of things we do for various organizations,” he said.

Williams said they are going to have a variety of restaurants, most of which who are from Pine Island. He said he believes they will have seven or eight food vendors at the event.

All but one restaurant will be serving seafood.

“We have one landlubber restaurant coming in,” he said.

Williams said the Mariners will serve margaritas and beer this year at the festival.

The festival will also feature arts and craft vendors, a bounce house, a roaming magic show and face painting for the adults and children to enjoy.

Doo-wop music will also fill the grounds from Brylcream, along with Ground Zero, a local favorite.

Williams said it will all be ’60s and ’70s-based doo-wop music that is very up beat played during the event.

Another highlight of the festival is the car show, which Williams said is strictly controlled by the weather on how many will attend.

Williams said the cars that participate in the show are either custom rods that people have worked on or antiques.

“They are all beautiful cars,” he said. “A lot of really nice cars.”

He said this year they decided to host a motorcycle show as well during the festival because they have a little more room available.

Williams said individuals are not required to pre-register for the car or motorcycle show. He said they can sign up at the gate the day of the event.

Trophies and award presentations will begin around 4 p.m.

Williams encourages everyone to come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Florida-style this weekend.

“It is a great family event,” he said. “Everyone every year raves about how much fun they have had and how they have enjoyed it.”

Call Williams at 239-898-5004 for information regarding the seafood festival, John Jones at 239-699-9393 for the car show information and Mel Suran at 239-994-2257 for the bike show information, or visit www.matlachamariners.org.