Schooners Lobster Festival and Tournament

by September 19, 2008 • 0 comments

19th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament planned for Sept. 18, 19, 20 & 21st

Panama City Beach, FL –  Schooners, The Last Local Beach Club, will host the 19th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament again this year! The event, which has grown to be the biggest 4 day Lobster Festival in Florida will be held on September 18, 19, 20 & 21. The first tournament was held in the fall of 1989; today, it draws divers and enthusiasts all over the country!

Divers will have the opportunity to compete in a variety of categories including Spiny Lobster, Big 6 and Shovelnose, with cash prizes totaling $5000.00. Weigh-ins will be from 3-8pm on Saturday and Noon-3pm on Sunday.

The Lobster Feast will begin at Noon on Sunday and spectators will get a chance to taste the catch for themselves! Fresh local lobster will be served grilled, fried, steamed, and chilled.
The final awards ceremony and the Huge Auction will begin Sunday at 4pm.  Lobsters, incredible merchandise and unique packages donated by local businesses are up for bid.

Otherwise known as “Lobsterfest”, the Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament has experienced changes over the years.  Ten years ago, a family oriented Sand Sculpting Contest was added to the menu. This year, Sand sculptors Suzanne Altmare and Meredith Corson of Sanding Ovations return to WOW the crowds with their spectacular sculptures. Between the two of them, they have won or placed in every major competition in the country. Troy Syfrett and the Nashville Mafia, The Eric Heatherly Band and Stainless Steel will entertain the crowds with their own special brand of great dance music.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Florida Aquatic & Marine Institute (FAMI) and the Children’s Home Society of Florida

“This event will provide much needed help to the Children’s Home Society, a program that works to develop, restore and strengthen families. They help loving people become parents through their adoption and foster care programs. They enable families to stay together through their child abuse prevention programs. Along with helping FAMI who’s three main purposes are: Habitat development, fisheries research and environmental education for elementary education for elementary age children.”

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