The Cotee River blues and seafood festival is held in Sims Park, Orange Lake New Port Richey, Florida every spring. The event has live blues music, top seafood, and great family fun. The event is for paid members only and includes activities and access to the Pithlachascotee River all weekend. The Event starts Friday evening and lasts through Sunday evening. Memberships may be purchased for $34.95 a year or $19.95 quarterly at www.fairsandfestivals.net. The membership will give you access to all the weekend events. A boat show will take place on the Pithlachascotee River as well as service and retail vendors, promotions, and giveaways. The arts and craft displays focus on the marine and nautical lifestyle of the town and spotlight natural hand crafted local products. Most activities are water-front including duck races, boat tours, and fishing. The car and truck show takes place right on the water making the event very accessible and friendly. The main jewel of the event is the boat show that takes place on the water and on land. During the festival, retailers introduce and display the latest boats and accessories for the upcoming year giving the festival members a first look at the up and coming products on the market. Members may register and bring their own boats for display or fun. The blues and seafood festival is unique in the sense the activities are both on land and in the water. If you love the water, good music, and authentic cuisine the Cotee River blues and seafood festival is right for you.