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Updated: 03/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Seafood festival serves up smiles

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It's not a seafood festival without plenty to eat and drink.

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PLACIDA — Patti Middleton may have summed up the weekend perfectly when she uttered the words, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” The local artist was referring to the Annual Placida Art Festival, and an estimated 30,000 people likely shared her sentiments. And why not? With live music, 60 arts and craft vendors, sunshine, scenery and plenty of fresh seafood, there were certainly worse places to spend a weekend.

Located on Fishery Road in Placida, the two-day event showcases local art, entertainment and cuisine, with proceeds going to the Placida Rotary Club is a nonprofit organization of community business leaders dedicated to providing help to deserving children, students, and families in the Englewood and Cape Haze area. According to Garry Albritton, co-owner of Margaret Albritton Gallery, the Seafood Festival has been going on for about 30 years. “It was started by commercial fishermen. But when they got tired of running it, our family took over. We initially brought in the Rotary to sell beer as a fundraiser for their causes, but little by little, year after year, they have taken on more and more of the responsibilities for the event.”

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