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Islanders and visitors alike will be treated to seafood and a wide variety of music and arts and crafts as the eighth annual Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival runs through Sunday.

The fest is hosted by both of the island’s Rotary clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island.

“This is a joint effort by all the clubs and all the proceeds go to benefit the many charities we donate to over the year,” said Stan Niemczyk, one of the co-chairs. “It’s a great collaborative effort, engaging more than 100 volunteers during the three days of the event.”

The festival is located at Veterans’ Community Park, 901 Park Ave.

There will be a wide range of fresh seafood along with other great offerings. In addition to the food, the organizers have even arranged for a number of special imported beer offerings along with domestic domestic brands. Water, soda and wine will also be available for purchase and no coolers are allowed.

More than 60 arts and crafts vendors will be on hand.

“We really think we’ve pulled together a great offering for those that will attend the event,” said Al Diaz, a co-chair from the Noontime Rotary Club. “It seems we gather more and more interest in the items being sold each year and we have interest from more vendors than we can accommodate.”

Entertainment

Entertainment is another big draw for the event and organizers have pulled out all the stops to offer non-stop enjoyment for all that attend the event.

Great entertainment will continue on both Saturday and Sunday.

A free bus shuttle will run from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on a route down Collier Boulevard and loop back to the park regularly. Signs for predetermined pick up spots are already out on Collier Boulevard and Swallow Avenue.

If you do attend and bring the family there will be a kid’s fun zone for keeping them busy and all kids 12 and under are free. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day and admission is $10, or a two-day pass can be purchased for $16.

More information: marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com.

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