PORT ST. JOE, Fla. - Update: The Scallop Festival is closed due to tropical storm force winds making the venue unsafe.
In its place a 'We Hate Nate: party at the Port Theater will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Port Theater. If you already have tickets they count for this event.
Savory scallops have taken over Port St. Joe. The city kicked off its '21st Annual Scallop and Music Festival' at George Core Park Friday.
On Friday Gulf County Commissioners also declared a local state of emergency because of pending weather from Tropical Storm Nate.
"We're keeping constant contact with the Gulf County EOC (Emergency Operation Center). We've got updates throughout the day and the weather tomorrow," said Scallop & Music Festival Coordinator Leanna Sagins.
However, the two-day celebration is still ongoing.
"As of right now the festival is on and scheduled," said Sagins.
Sagins says more vendors, and activities including the '5K Scallop Cook-Off',were added to the festival this year.
She says only three out of the eighty vendors, dropped out due to storm concerns. However, that didn't change the mind of one seafood business manager from Tallahassee.
"We were actually there for the past couple of storms and we stayed the whole time, me and the me and my boss did," said Saltwater Seafood Company Bar Manager Cody Ellis.
Some other vendors, like 'Arts By Sophronia' owner Jim Redmond, believe they have time to prepare. "The weather is the weather, you just adjust to it - if it's going to get too bad you've got plenty of time to know it and get out of the way, but until then why not enjoy yourself."
"We just don't know what mother nature is going to do, we're doing the best that we can. We're keeping an eye on it, we're talking to local officials and taking their word - following what they say," added Sagins.
The scallop festival will end at 10 p.m.
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