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No-Fooling Family Fun Planned for Island Fest April 1-2

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — For visitors and residents in Islamorada, springtime means heading outdoors to enjoy balmy subtropical weather and the 26th annual Florida Keys Island Fest scheduled Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2.

Admission is free to enjoy the live music, food, fun and featured art from over 100 exceptional local and national artists whose work includes paintings, sculptures, jewelry and fine crafts.

The two-day arts and crafts show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the bayfront Founders Park at mile marker 87.

In addition to admiring the creations on display, attendees can purchase works that vary in price range and style. Ten artists are to be painting on location in plein-air tradition — a new feature of the festival this year.

The signature Island Fest 2017 poster features a depiction of the Everglades created by Jason Barth, a self-taught multimedia artist who specializes in a variety of environmental, land and seascapes, botanicals and more.

An Island Fest staple that adds to the old-fashioned fun is an All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show featuring antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods. Artisan-crafted coconut awards are to be presented in categories such as Coolest Cruiser, Raddest Rod, Most Keysy Rider and Big Kahuna. Festival attendees can vote for their favorite in the popular People's Choice category.

Entertainers in virtually all musical genres keep the groove moving during scheduled performances throughout both days. Saturday's attractions also include a wacky race for homemade "boats" crafted of non-maritime materials.

Sunday features the ever-popular Taste of Islamorada culinary competition, showcasing local restaurants' dishes so attendees can savor the flavors.

Kids can have their own fun by painting a life-sized dolphin statue, building sand sculptures or competing in hula hoop contests.

On-site parking is available for a $5 donation. Organizers suggest attendees bring lawn chairs and blankets to maximize enjoyment of a full day's fun. Events are to take place rain or shine.

Event information: islamoradachamber.com or 305-664-4503

Islamorada visitor information: fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS

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Kids can have their own fun by painting a life-sized dolphin statue, building sand sculptures or competing in hula hoop contests.

Kids can have their own fun by painting a life-sized dolphin statue, building sand sculptures or competing in hula hoop contests.

Visitors and residents in Islamorada head outdoors to enjoy balmy subtropical weather in the springtime.

Visitors and residents in Islamorada head outdoors to enjoy balmy subtropical weather in the springtime.

Enter in or spectate at the homemade "boat" race on Saturday.

Enter in or spectate at the homemade "boat" race on Saturday.