78th Annual Sanibel Shell Festival

Sanibel Shell Festival 2015

Sanibel Shell Festival

Sanibel Island and Shells are intricately linked. Part of that fabric is the annual Sanibel Shell Festival. It is hard to believe that this Festival is currently celebrating its 78th year, but this record makes it the longest running shell show in the United States. It is presented by the Sanibel Captiva Shell Club, which meets all year and organizes the Festival entirely through volunteer support.

There is something for everyone at the show, with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Shell specimens abound, along with educational exhibits. The Juried Show is a highlight in which both professional and hobby artists enter their work. Favorite entries are the sailors’ valentines, in which intricate mosaic patterns are created by using a large number of small shells arranged in glass-fronted, octagonal wooden boxes. Pictured here is a prize-winning sailor’s valentine in the professional artists’ category, as well as an educational exhibit on cone shells.

Held the first week in March every season, the Shell Festival is a unique Sanibel Island event that captures the imaginations of novice shell collectors and professionals working in the field. Proceeds from the show also help fund grants to several marine institutions, as well as scholarships to students studying marine science at the University of South Florida.

Shell Fair (1)  Shell Fair (2)

Shell Festival Sanibel Island

Click here for more information on The Sanibel Shell Club.

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Located on the east end of Sanibel Island, just one mile from the historic Sanibel Lighthouse, our vacation rental condo community is nestled beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico.  Sandalfoot Beachfront Condominium has been consistently ranked #1 and #2 in our category by TripAdvisor, also receiving their  Certificate of Excellence three years in a row. Sandalfoot Beachfront Condominium. So much more than a room with a view!



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