There is always something happening in the Florida Keys and this weekend highlights two events that have been running for over 20 years – the 22nd Annual Islamorada Island Fest and the 32nd Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run.
Island Fest, running April 13th-14th, is held at Founder’s Park (MM87), a beautiful location right on the water. There will be plenty of fun in the sun for the entire family with a classic car show, pre-1975 cars & trucks, with awards crafted out of coconuts for the coolest cruiser, the most keysy rider, that one I have to see, and many others. Stop by the boat show and drool over your dream boat then, once you’ve perused all the modes of transportation, head on over and take a look at the arts & crafts section of the show with paintings in oils and watercolors, as well as jewelry, sculptures and other fine crafts.
And there is no lack of things to do for the youngsters – let them help paint a life-sized dolphin statue, join in the sand castle building or try to see how well their hips rotate during the hula hoop contest. How about flying a kite? Let the kids try their hand at getting a kite into the sky with some useful pointers from a master flyer, one who can handle kites as large as 20 feet!
Now some of the best times in the Keys always seem to revolve around food, and why not? With the delicious Key West pinks, stone crab claws, lobster, mahi mahi and other delicious seafood from the local waters, the cuisine couldn’t be fresher or more delicious. On Saturday there will be plenty of food options available but, if you can stick around until Sunday, there is a repeat of the “Taste of Islamorada” competition, a contest where all the popular local restaurants compete for the top prize (and where you can purchase samples of all the delicious fare). And I like the fact that they even have a Rum Punch content called the “IslaMarauder”. Try them all and pick a winner!
And don’t forget the music, which is one of the main reasons I love the Florida Keys. With a plethora of talented artists that call the Keys their home there is always something for everyone from blues, to rock, to ballads to country.
So put on your island clothing, some comfortable sandals, preferably Kino sandals from Key West, definitely some sunscreen and head on down for some of the best free fun in the sun frolicking you will ever enjoy!
For places to stay in Islamorada and a rundown on local restaurants head on over to www.vacationplanit.com.
On Saturday, the Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run will take place in Marathon, closing Overseas Highway from 6:45AM-9AM. This race was first run back in 1982 to celebrate the completion of the Florida Keys bridge program and became so popular that it is still run today, thirty two years later.
It is really a sight to behold, with the sun barely coming up over the horizon and the sky tinged with pinks and yellow, 1500 runners will race 6.8 miles across the bridge and become part of the history of the only race that is completely surrounded by water from beginning to end.
Last year was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather so we are hoping for clear skies this time around and wishing all the runners good luck and a fantastic experience!
Enjoy the Florida Keys!