Saturday, March 2, 2013
Bayview Park in Historic Old Town Key West
11:00 am- 10:00 pm
The Rotary Club of Key West is extremely pleased to announce the Third Annual “ConchFest- A Celebration Of Conch Heritage”.
This event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 and is expected to draw thousands of locals and visitors toBayviewParkagain this year. There will be vendors selling arts and crafts of every imaginable kind, and other treasures.
There will be a host of activities to attract folks from all walks of life to this wonderful community celebration of our Conch Heritage. All are invited; Conchs, Freshwater Conchs, Non-Conchs, and Conch wanna-be’s.
There will be a Queen Conch cook-off, lots of great food for sale including conch fritters, conch salad, pork, and other more traditional fare. There will be children’s activities; a co-ed softball tournament and much more. There will be performances by many of theKey WestHigh Schoolperforming arts groups and a cheerleading and gymnastics demonstration. You may even see the Caribbean Queen Junkanoos stroll by, or the Key West Comparsa Dancers.
Headlining the entertainment will be The Bubba System.
ConchFest will be held from 11:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Bayview Park in Old Town Key West. The event is free to the public.
ConchFest will raise money for college scholarships to be awarded to local children as provided by the Key West Rotary Club Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
Last year’s event drew thousands of locals and guests alike to centrally located BayviewPark. Vendor booths will be available for merchandise, food sales and to nonprofit organizations for educational purposes. Rotary Club volunteers will be selling alcoholic beverages, food and soft drinks. Admission to the event is free with food and beverages for sale at very reasonable prices. The tournaments will have a small entry fee which will also benefit the scholarship program. We are looking for corporate and personal sponsors to help us with fundraising for the scholarship program. Please visit our website www.conchfestkeywest.com for more information and applications.
About Our Wonderful Community: “We Have What The World Wants”
Perhaps it is the fact that for centuries we have been so isolated from the mainland— over 100 miles as a bird flies—that we developed this feeling of Conch Pride, this lifestyle of helping each other and pulling together in order to survive. Over the years we have survived many storms, both literally and figuratively: hurricanes, financial devastation, and now enjoy the large numbers of tourists who have become our lifeblood.
The moniker of “One Human Family” is relatively new, but the lifestyle is one that the Conchs have practiced practically since the first settlers arrived. The attitude to live-and let-live, to help your neighbor and to share in everything is both very appealing as well as necessary to both multi-generational Conchs as well as new arrivals; it doesn’t take long to grasp and embrace this attractive lifestyle.
Conch Heritage becomes a way of life that the world looks to and admires. Everyone wants to live how we live…so now you can get a taste of “all things conch” at this wonderful event.
All profits derived from ConchFest are earmarked towards the Rotary Club of Key West’s scholarship programs atKey WestHigh School. The Paul J Scher Memorial Scholarship and Take Stock in Children Scholarships are two beneficiaries of this event. So, save-the-date, make plans to come on out and share in this community activity celebrating why it is we all rather live here than anywhere else in the world. Bring your family, bring your smiles and most of all bring your Conch Pride.
About The Rotary Club of Key West Scholarship Programs
The Rotary Club of Key West, founded in 1916, is among the oldest and most respected organizations inKey West. Our club has been awarding scholarships to KWHS seniors for decades. Our club raises funds throughout the year and sponsors the Paul J. Scher Memorial Scholarship for $20,000. This scholarship is awarded to the graduating KWHS senior for whom the scholarship will make the difference in being able to attend college or not. Our club has literally changed lives- creating opportunities for our youth to fulfill the American Dream of a quality education and careers. We also sponsor the Greg O’Berry Scholarship and donate funds for the Florida Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program. Since our club fundraisers are staffed by volunteer Rotarians, our overhead is low and 100% of the profits from our fundraisers directly benefit these children.