Festival shines spotlight on protecting sea turtle habitats


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During last year’s Sea Turtle Festival in Downtown Titusville, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society displayed and discussed the endangered species’ eggs.

Courtesy of The Downtown Art Gallery

The community is invited to the fun, free and informative, ninth annual Sea Turtle Festival.

Hosted by the Downtown Titusville Merchant’s Association, it will take place 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11 in Downtown Titusville.

“The event partners local organizations, vendors and entertainers to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the habitat of Brevard County’s beloved sea turtle,” a news release stated.

Events will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday with a Thirsty Turtle Beer Crawl hosted by the Downtown Titusville Merchant’s Association, in partnership with the Playalinda Brewing Company. A $20 ticket purchased in advance from the Titusville Welcome Center includes beer samples from 12 local businesses. Food trucks, including The Bearded Chef, will offer their dishes.

Expect more goodies Saturday, plus live music, dance groups, turtle talks, artisans, entertainment and more. Children will enjoy chalk art, face painting, a bounce house and sea turtle crafts. A mermaid will be on hand for picture-taking opportunities. Everyone can do something to help protect the endangered sea turtle. Local preservation groups will offer instruction about things people can do toward this effort. For information, call The Downtown Art Gallery at 321-268-0122.