The Sarasota Bay Water Festival is accepting applications from prospective exhibitors for the regional event on Saturday, November 2 at Ken Thompson Park. An online application is available at sarasotabaywaterfestival.com. Most of the exhibitors will be promoting water recreation sports and activities, recreational boating, fine arts and crafts, wildlife and nature photography, wildlife conservation, and environmental education. The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the Presenting Sponsor and HDR, Inc. is the Host Sponsor for 2013.
Other highlights include dragon boat races, live music on the main stage, fine artists selling unique gift items, panel discussions about bay-friendly living, food trucks and local restaurants, vintage boat displays, a display of the winning submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest, activities for kids including dip netting and nature walks, and diverse exhibits promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle board sports, scuba diving, cycling, birding, and more.
Other sponsors: Sarasota County, Freedom Boat Club, Economy Tackle and Dolphin Paddlesports, Sierra Club, City of Sarasota, The Old Salty Dog, Hotel Indigo, Whole Foods Market, SUP Sarasota, Manatee County, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Mote Marine Laboratory, Suncoast Food Trucks, West Coast Inland Navigation District, Caldwell Trust Company, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Scheda Ecological Associates, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Town of Longboat Key, City of Bradenton, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Save Our Seabirds, Around the Bend Nature Tours, High Five Dragon Boat, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Sun King Disc Sports, and Triple 3 Marketing.
Media sponsors: Observer Media Group, WUSF Public Media / WSMR 89.1 Classical, WSRQ Sarasota Talk Radio, Sarasota Day (The HUB), Top10 Sarasota, and Transformation Magazine.
Details about sponsorship and exhibiting as well as festival highlights are posted at sarasotabaywaterfestival.com.