The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce hosted its 22nd Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts on March 8 and 9 at the Tampa Electric SouthShore Community Events Center.
An estimated crowd of 10,000 visitors turned out to view the juried fine arts and crafts show, which featured the works of about 80 artists and artisans.
Almost $12,000 in prize money was given to winners of the following categories: Best of Show, TECO Energy Award of Excellence, Award of Distinction, Manatee Art Award, Dean Tea Memorial Award and Patrons Purchase awards. There were also four merit awards and two honor awards.
This year’s event included an expanded emphasis on the performing arts, with top-notch entertainment throughout both days.
The program included saxophonist Stacey Knights, Sara Rose Band, Betty Fox Band, Come Back Alice and LadyHawke Light. The trend to include more music will continue said Melanie Morrison, the chamber’s executive director.