Everglades Seafood Festival
t was not all seafood and games at the 2005 Everglades City
seafood festival. Food of all types was available for the
festival. However the main course was that of seafood.
It was a beautiful day with record crowds attending this years
event. Lots of rides for the kids and copious amounts of
food and drink for the adults. Foods ranging from
"gator tail" to Gyros were available at the main
food area being sold at what would be considered
reasonable prices, but bring your cash, as none of the vendors
would take "plastic" as we soon found out. Our
cash was spent on the tickets for the rides. We
were disappointed that we could not find a single vendor to
take our credit card. We ventured to the famous Rod and
Gun Club that has been visited by past Presidents and
also has been used to film several movies. They also
declined to take our card. Never to give up, we searched
for the elusive ATM machine. Ha, there were two in this
thriving town. We ventured off in search of the cash
dealing machine. The first we found was bone dry and I
was told that it had been empty for two days, the other, we
found at the Circle K, was also out of the green that we had
been searching. We asked the clerk where we could use
some plastic for some food and he pointed us to a local eatery
to which we ventured with pure gusto. Upon arrival we
were pleased to find that they did accept credit cards, and we
ate until content.
The crowd was content
with the food and music, and rides for the youngsters.
There was a very brood mix of people attending including many
"bikers" who looked like 50-60 year olds, to Miami
people who took advantage of the beautiful weather for a ride
to our coast. We found it interesting to see what was
going on with the "bikers". Most had the name
of their "gang" on their black leather vests.
We saw the "Latin Rollers", Thunder and
Lightning" and many more. We were laughing and said
that there should be the "retired beer guts" gang
and then we came up with a few others after that that are
really not worth mentioning. We also guessed that with
all of the motorcycles there, their combined worth would
be worth exceed several million dollars. I asked one of
the parking attendants if they were making much money on the
$5.00 per car parking and he said, "It will pay granny's
taxes this year". Everyone was well behaved this
year that we saw with the exception of one "biker"
that had a disagreement with another "biker".
On the way out he was chasing another group with something he
pulled out of the dumpster trying to hit them with the piece
of rubbish. The kids got a kick out of watching it, my
wife, told the kids not to look at them or they may come over
to our car. They did not visit our car, and the group of
other bikers just ignored the intoxicated biker from the
"Toothless Wonder" gang and we were on our way home
in the crawling traffic. Another successful visit
to Everglades City.