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Sharks Tooth Festival

Sharks Tooth Festival

Every year, the Sharks Tooth Festival brings crowds of all ages to the Venice Airport on the island of Venice to celebrate and discover the natural wonders of our beaches. Fossil and sharks tooth vendors bring their wares for patrons to gaze upon in awe and purchase.

If you grew up in Sarasota County, there’s a good chance you have bragged more than once about our beaches. In fact, just a short distance south of Sarasota city limits you will find the beach that holds the title of Shark Tooth Capital of the World: Venice Beach.

Every year, the Sharks Tooth Festival brings crowds of all ages to the Venice Airport on the island of Venice to celebrate and discover the natural wonders of our beaches. Fossil and sharks tooth vendors bring their wares for patrons to gaze upon in awe and purchase.

“The fossil vendor tents are always full and a big draw,” says event director Maggie Riggall. “It’s something that everyone can enjoy and be amazed.”

The festival also features other interactive tents including hands-on displays from the Paleo South Museum and the Mote Marine Aquarium. Riggall mentions that in addition to exhibits and a revamped game area, the festival will also have some great entertainment this year. Local Beatles cover artists The Glass Onion Band and Parrish-based country group Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band are some of the noted performers that can expect to grace the festival stage and rock out.

With tons of local arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and so much to see and do, it’s easy to have a great to and be a part of helping a great cause to.

Special Athlete Boosters have been the coordinating organization behind the festival for 16 years now,” says Riggall of the festival’s 23-year history. “Special Olympics of Sarasota County is very much a part of the festival.” The proceeds from the festival go towards supporting the Special Athletes in the community.

Riggall now in her 12h year as event director highlights that many of the smiling faces you will see of the volunteers at the festival are actually the faces of your elite local special athletes. These individuals train in various sports and activities to become seasoned and disciplined competitors in their chosen areas of performance.

In addition to being the event director of the Shark Tooth Festival, Riggall is also the Director of Special Olympics for Sarasota County. Riggall became involved in supporting special athletes when her son joined the program to explore his athletic abilities with other individuals like him and learn sportsmanship.

Over the years, the Boosters have helped maintain a state-of-the-art training center, the Gene Whipp Sport Center for these differently-abled athletes. They currently support 450 athletes in 14 different sports throughout the year.

The Sharks Tooth Festival brings together members of the community to celebrate all of the things that make Venice special, from the various treasures found on our beaches to the diverse group of exceptional athletes reaching for their fullest potential. Don’t miss out on the action!

For more information about times, location, and entertainment schedule, visit the Sharks Tooth Festival website or call 941-412-0402.

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