The heat in George Core Park on Sunday afternoon was stifling, but even that couldn’t keep down the crow, who turned out by the thousands to raise awareness for nesting sea turtles.
The Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival, which is held around the Fourth of July every year, aims to educate attendees about sea turtles and the importance of the coastal habitats they and many other species call home.
This year, almost 40 vendors and several food trucks participated in the event – alongside 11 educational booths, at which turtles swam up to guests in glass tanks.
Live music was intermittently interrupted for informative turtle talks, which discussed several local species of turtle and the important roles they play in the Florida ecosystem, and dance demonstrations.
“We send our greatest thanks to our wonderful attendees, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers for making this year’s 7th Annual Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival a huge success,” said the Florida Coastal COnservancy, who hosts the festival each year, in a Facebook post.
“We saw beautiful artwork; tasted delicious treats; listened to great music; swayed with hula dancers; aaarrgghed with pirates; met beautiful mermaids; and, most of all, learned about and celebrated all things turtle.”