The 81st Sanibel Shell Festival is only days away, meaning that the Sanibel Community House will once again take center stage as host of the unique event that draws visitors from around the globe year after year.
The festival features juried scientific and artistic exhibits, along with shell displays, demonstrations, crafts, prizes, food and entertainment, and a raffle with more than $8,000 in prizes.
The Annual Shell Festival is a cooperative endeavor between The House’s Shell Crafters Club, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club.
This year, the festival will run March 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to the fair is free. There is a $5 per person donation requested for the show’s indoor exhibit (you’ll receive a free pass to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, valued at $11, with your ticket).