Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Blessing of the Fleet

Bowing heads in prayer for a good season. Submitted Photo

Bowing heads in prayer for a good season. Submitted Photo


Before you know it, we’ll be eating delicious fresh stone crab claws again!

But, do we think about the boats that go out at 4 AM each morning, whatever the weather?

They will set their traps soon, to pull them up laden with the rare local goodies on October 15, when the season for harvesting officially begins.

To make sure they have a good send-off, Everglades City is holding its annual “Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet” on Saturday, September 26, at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event starts at 10 AM with fun for all the family, and ends at around 1 PM. There will be Arts & Crafts booths, music and bake sales before local pastors bless each boat at 12noon, after which the contest results are announced.

The kiddies have a great time during the frog-jumping contest, a unique rural event. And, they can show off their imaginative skills at the Stone Crab Art Contest. The winners will have their pictures hung in the Museum of the Everglades during October and published in our local newspaper, The Mullet Rapper. There will also be face-painting to get them in the celebratory mood.

One traditional highlight is the Coconut Guava Cake Baking Contest, with a prize of $100 to the winner. Recipes for this local specialty have been handed down over the years and remain family secrets.

The celebration is being organized by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation ( For more information, phone Jennifer at 239- 695-0008, or follow us on Facebook at




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