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Sarasota Bay Water Festival seeks volunteers

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SARASOTA – The Sarasota Bay Water Festival is seeking volunteers to help support the free regional festival at Ken Thompson Park on Saturday, November 17. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment and economy. Volunteers will work one of two shifts; 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm. Please email Randy Moore at Volunteers will receive a free festival tee shirt.

Festival highlights include live music featuring five local bands, a Creative Arts Tent showcasing some of the area’s top wildlife photographers selling art items, a display of the winning submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest, vintage boats, food trucks, and exhibits promoting boating, fishing, paddle board sports, scuba, birding, and other Bay recreation activities.

The music lineup includes popular guitarist Ben Hammond, The Lauren Mitchell Band, Stumble Creek, Matt Gerhardt & Undertow, and Cort Farris & Fe Band.

Florida’s first “iceberg” will be unveiled at the festival thanks to the creativity of Richard Herzog, a Sculpting Professor at New College of Florida. The award-winning Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team will perform at 4pm. Guests can also visit the popular Mote Aquarium at no cost if they receive a special stamp at the festival. Please come early if you plan to enjoy the festival and visit Mote.

Triple 3 Marketing (T3M) is managing the festival and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the host sponsor. SBEP is one of the 28 National Estuary Programs in the U.S. T3M is the same team that produced the E-Fest Green Living Music & Arts Festival in 2007 and 2008. More than 65 organizations from the public and private sector are sponsors and exhibitors.