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Island lighthouse to debut Shrimpfest

The St. George Lighthouse Association plans to host a first-ever SGI ShrimpFest in May as a fundraiser.

The event is set for Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m in the western parking area adjacent to Lighthouse Park.

This family-oriented festival will be a one-day event offering outdoor musical entertainment, a chance to dine on local shrimp dishes, and a fairway of children’s games sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Parrothead Club.

Musical entertainment will be provided by a pair of local favorites. Hot Mess, with special guest JB Babich, will start the day with their blend of Zydeco Swamp Pop, and the legendary, Bill Wharton, a.k.a “The Sauce Boss,” will be headlining this year’s festival. 

Wharton’s music, which blends roots and swampy Florida blues-rock, features the singer / songwriter on slide guitar player cooking up gumbo on stage, then passing out the tasty results.

Tickets for the event will be $5 and are available online at www.sgishrimpfest.com or in person at the Lighthouse Gift Shop. Children age 4 and under are free but require a ticket for entry. Only 2,500 pre-festival tickets will be sold.

The lighthouse association is a 501c3 non-profit organized to preserve, maintain, and promote the Cape St. George Lighthouse. Funds raised go for the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of the Lighthouse, the Keeper’s House Museum, and Lighthouse Park. 

Those interested in becoming a festival sponsor or individual supporter can go online at www.sgishrimpfest.com to sign up.

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

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