In case you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, the weekend of March 5th, 6h and 7th, the Sanibel Community Association and the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club hosted the 72nd annual Shell Fair and Show. It is the longest running Shell Fair in the country, with attendees from all over the world. It is a juried show with both scientific and artistic competitions in both the amateur and the professional category. Entries include entire shell collections as well as single rare shells. One room is devoted entirely to the artistic entries such as sailor valentines, jewelry, picture frames and lovely flowers. A visit to the Shell Fair shows the interest many people have in the shells and the animals that create these beautiful “homes”.
Ann Bumgarner spent some time at the show and was kind enough to share her description of the show and a few of her favorite photos.