Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet
October 1, 2016
Hours: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rod & Gun Club Club, 200 Riverside Drive, Everglades City, FL 34139
The small town of Everglades City is known as the Stone Crab Capital of the World. On Saturday, October 1st, everyone is invited for the annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet on the bank of the Barron River at the Rod & Gun Club. The event starts at 10 a.m. with arts and crafts booths, music, face painting, a frog jumping contest and a stone crab art contest for the kids, the annual Coconut Guava Cake Baking Contest and more. At noon local pastors will bless each boat as the town's stone crab fishermen prepare for the annual Stone Crab Season (Oct. 15 through May 15). Cake contest participants will have samples in a bake sale. The winner is awarded a $100 prize. Traditional recipes for this local specialty have been handed down over the years and remain family secrets. The celebration is organized by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation.