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Everglades Seafood Festival weekend, 2013

See smaller Jimmy van Zandt sings during his set Sunday afternoon. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Jimmy van Zandt sings during his set Sunday afternoon. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Cindy Cross of Stuart cooks up crab. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Headliner Jerrod Niemann rocks the stage. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Page Steiner stays on the mechanical bull for a long time, but not forever. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Loreana Blankenship of Miami  ponders her food choices. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jasmine Malone cooks up Maryland crabcakes with style. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • 'Wild Bill' Edixon shows his enthusiasm. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Locals Esperanza and Diana Valdez show off their stone crabs. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jimmy van Zandt sings during his set Sunday afternoon. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Javier Aguirre cooks up chicken gyros. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jerrod Niemann's horn section entertains. The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Everglades Seafood Festival turned with 40 this year, with tens of thousands packing the tiny town of Everglades City for music, food, rides, games and fun all weekend. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Everglades City is a little off the beaten path. The former county seat of Collier County, it sits surrounded by the mangrove swamps of Everglades National Park, an old-fashioned fishing village where life goes by at a leisurely pace – 51 weeks a year.
But one weekend a year, E-City shakes off its doldrums and hosts the Everglades Seafood Festival, bringing upwards of 50,000 people down the solitary two-lane access road, and hosting one heck of a party.

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