Cedar Key's Seafood Festival, A Way Of Life
CEDAR KEY - Cedar Key is a cluster of islands known for its seafood so it makes sense that it is closing its streets down this weekend for its annual seafood festival. However seafood isn't just a weekend event for Cedar Key residents, but a way of life.
Polly Ann Jensen loves ever "When you meet everybody, everybody treats you like family, it's a wonderful town. The first time I came here I fell in love with it and then I wound up moving in… And I won't leave. Nop."
Locals describe Cedar Key as a peaceful, quiet, fishing town. But not during its seafood festival. This annual seafood festival brought people out to enjoy live entertainment, exhibits, but mostly food. "The clams, the oysters... They make special crab sandwiches, everything. They do corn on the cob actually," she tells me.
Jensen has been going to the seafood festival since she was a baby. She like many in cedar key says she makes the best out of the town's resources. "I am not a real big fisherman, but I've learned here, coming here and being here and being with everybody, learned a lot. I've learned how to survive, I did. It's peaceful, if you don't have money to do groceries... Go fishing," Jensen says.
While the seafood festival will be open again tomorrow, October 21, 2012 from 9am-5pm, Jensen is already looking forward to next year's festival. She tells me, seafood has helped her see the world differently.
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