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Lobster Fest 2013

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Red flags in Panama City Beach usually signal warnings but today they were signs encouraging people to head to the beach for Lobster Fest. It's the 24th Annual Lobster Festival held at Schooners.

The festival is the largest four day lobster event in the state of Florida and after 24 years, they are doing something right and it's all for a good cause.

Not only was the Schooners Beach Club packed but the beach was filled with lobster fans ready to chow down for two local organizations.

Proceeds are split between the Florida Aquatic Marine Institute and the Toys for Kids Foundation.

The festival features local lobsters that dive teams bring onto shore and compete for the largest catch.

     Danny Grizzard, of the Marine Institute, says Florida lobsters differ from the well known lobster from Maine, "Our lobster doesn't have claws, and this is a shovel nose lobster and it's probably better than the Spiney Lobster. Of course it would take some more but you will see some big ones. No season, no limit. Of course you just can't take them with eggs in them and those would be on the bottom."

Saturday's rain moved the live music indoors but tomorrow the outdoor stage will be back in commission. A raffle is scheduled for Sunday evening. Last year one lucky person won $6,000. The final day of lobster fest begins Sunday at 11 a.m.