NC - Catch the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Besides enjoying fresh seafood, live music and everything else that the 38th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival will offer this weekend, you could win a handmade kayak

The kayak, paddle and two wooden oars were donated in an unfinished condition in 2010, but the volunteers at the FISH Boatworks, particularly Joe Egolf, Bill Curto and Charlie Bailey, finished the watercraft and presented it to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) to raise money at the festival, the weekend of Feb. 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along 119th Street West in Cortez.

Raffle tickets, available at the festival, are $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be held Sunday, Feb. 16 between 4 -5 p.m. The winner need not be present to win.

The festival is famous for serving fresh seafood in one of Florida’s last working commercial fishing villages. Listen to live local music, browse nautical and environmental art, and learn about the fishing industry at the Cortez Bait and Seafood docks. Kids’ activities include pony rides and a bounce house.

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