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Marco seafood fest on a roll

With the music, a line of seafood vendors is naturally the focus of the fest, which also features sideshows like art, photography and knick-knacks

QUENTIN ROUX
Q@MISUNTIMES.COM
David Eichholtz takes care of customers at the festival.

Using a cutter, Robert Adams splayed boiled lobsters as fast as his hands would allow. Behind him and next to him, his staff was a blur as they coated, cut, fried and boiled all manner of seafood for a hungry public.

If you're not hungry when you attend Marco Island's Annual Seafood & Music Fest, by the way, the aromas circulating around Veterans Community Park will change that in a hurry. The combination includes grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, chowder and even some landlubber fare such as Italian zeppoles.

A line of seafood vendors is naturally the focus of the fest, which also features sideshows like art, photography, knick-knacks like fun neon signs and parachute material hammocks, and also live music and kids' activities. Admission is $8.

"It's going good," said Lynn Lunsford of Hammerhead Seafood out of St. Pete Beach near Tampa.
"We are busy, busy, busy, and this is only Friday."

Saturday's highlights are a Z.Z. Top tribute band, Trezz Hombres in the evening, Noon sees Joe Marino and All the Kings Men followed by Southwest Florida's Deb & the Dynamics.

Matt Smith of Marco Island enjoys a session in a floating hamster wheel, one of the kids' attractions.

On Sunday, the Facahatchee Band takes center stage at noon. The Greg Miller Band performs soul, Motown and R&B hits from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s starting at 2 p.m.

The fest, now into its eighth year, kicked off Friday and runs today (Saturday) 11 a.m. through 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is organized for and on behalf of three charitable organizations, the Kiwanis, the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Noontime Rotary Club.