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Shell Festival returns for 76th year

By Staff | Feb 22, 2013

The Sanibel Shell Fair and Show marked its 75th anniversary with a month-long celebration of shell-collecting history, attracting national attention last February.

The event returns on March 7-9 for it’s 76th year with a new name – the Sanibel Shell Festival.

Whether a die-hard shell connoisseur, a casual collector, someone who admires intricate craftsmanship, or a beach lover looking to learn about shells, the Sanibel Shell Festival is a must-do affair.

The festival offers world-class, prize winning, shell specimens on display, educational exhibits, plus an amazing array of intricately made shell art and crafts. You’ll find an array of “treasures from the sea” to take home as gifts or souvenirs.

The festival is based at the Community House grounds, 2173 Periwinkle Way, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 7-8, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 9. Admission is free for the outdoor shell area, and a $5 donation to enter the inside shell show. Parking is free and food and beverages will be available.

Purchase tickets on sale now for the Shell Fair Raffle for a chance to win some unique and valuable shell-themed items. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 3 for $10, at the Community House or at the festival. The drawing will be held on March 9, and you need not be present to win.

Proceeds go toward the maintenance of the Community House. For more information visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net or call 239-472-2155 or visit us at The Community House, Sanibel.