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Big Success for 17th Annual Scallop and Music Festival

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The crowds have gone home and Port St. Joe's Annual Scallop and Music Festival is in the books.

Organizers say it was a success and are already looking forward to next year. 

Scallops and music are a given at the Scallop and Music Festival..

"It sets Port St. Joe apart," said Paula Pickett, Executive Director of Gulf County Chamber of Commerce. "Steinhatchee, Florida and Port St. Joe are about the only two places in the state that you can recreationally harvest scallops, so we celebrate that."

"This has been the best music that we have heard at any of the festivals, we have really enjoyed being here," said Christine Schnieder, David's Creations.

The festival was also a great place to meet some interesting local artists and entrepreneurs.

From pottery..

"It's basically affordable creative fun.. that is how we try to keep it," said Leslie Wentzell, Owner of The Artery Studio.

To tie dye..

"We don't do the normal T-shirts that people are looking for with peace symbols and things like that," said John Parker, Tie Dye Vendor.

To tupelo honey...

"This is the prettiest honey in the world," said John Rish, Bee Keeper from Wewahitchka.

"We have lots of neat, one of a kind little items.. it's an eclectic little mix," said Guthrie Groh, Black Swan Interiors.

Organizers say the variety of items is one reason the festival was such a huge success.

"Early numbers are showing that we are equal to or exceeding the numbers from last year which was a record breaking year for us, so we are thinking that we have done the same this year," said Pickett.

The three-day festival was full of food venders, art dealers, and musical talent to celebrate, the scallop.

"The skill level is basic, anyone can do it(scalloping) and you get to take dinner home with you," said Pickett. 

Many of the vendors are already planning to attend again next year.