RUSKIN – Mother Nature may have temporarily dampened the crowds the first day of the 25th Annual Ruskin Seafood Festival, but crowds came out in full force on Sunday. Bountiful fruits of the sea, live music and a picture-perfect day drew more than 12,000 visitors to E.G. Simmons Park Nov. 3.
Vendors reported brisk sales and are already looking forward to next year, organizers said.
“This is awesome,” said first-time visitor Darryl Williams of Plant City. “We love the seafood, the location...the weather is perfect.”
Munching on a fried grouper sandwich, Paul Bihlmeyer of Valrico agreed.
“The food is good, and there are lots of things for the kids to do,” he said. “We’re having a great time.”
More than 100 volunteers worked the two-day festival, which had extended hours on Saturday for the first time this year. And 30 others served on the festival committee, which began meeting in April to plan South Shore’s largest annual event.