The Dance Unlimited crew performs at an earlier festival.
Marathon Bank, where Publix now sits, was the site of the first seafood festivals. Estimates were that the 1976 one drew 6,000 people. The original plan was hatched next door at the Brass Monkey, says Gary Graves of Keys Fisheries.
An after-festival party Left: Martin Bruno Right: Pete Worthington
Doug Gregory, Danny Eider and Tom Coppedge
Left: Tony Iarocci
Danny Eider and Don Scott
Carl Lessard and CALL TRUDI
Trudie, Matt and Tom Coppedge at an earlier festival. The Coppedge family's been involved in the festival since its beginning.
Pete Worthington at work.
Trudie Coppedge and Trich Worthington
Bruce Irwin gets food ÑÊmaybe fish dip? Ñ ready for the throngs. As the crowds grow, food preparation has gotten more complicated.
Left: Kenny Eider
Betsy Daniels and Shirley Comer
Bruce Irwin ..... Pete Worthington
Right: Trish Worthington
Andy Newman, Raymond Kitchner, Bennett Orr and Mike Puto
John Repetto at work doing food prep at an earlier festival.
It's been a while since swordfish was on the menu at the festival.