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The Sebastian Clambake Festival returns to Riverview Park Nov. 4, 5 and 6 - celebrating the city's fishing village roots and history.
Castaways Rob Messersmith and Teddy Hulse make their way to the campsite during the start of the Clambake Festival. Staff video: Keith Carson.
SEBASTIAN — There is a new grand champion chowder queen of the Sebastian Clambake and Lagoon Festival. After four years, the Clam Chowder crown has found a new home - with first time competitor Elizabeth Kubsch.
SEBASTIAN — More than 60 vendors offering everything from handcrafted jewelry and wood-carved boxes to backyard showers and even real estate have invaded Riverview Park in Sebastian, along with untold thousands of shoppers and those hungry from clams during the annual Sebastian Clambake.
SEBASTIAN — The 1715 castaways arrived on the shore of the Indian River Lagoon at present-day Riverview Park, carrying a bayonet, a flag and a lantern. Welcoming them to Indian River County was Commission Chair Bob Solari and Clambake Foundation member Anjani Cirillo.
SEBASTIAN — "I think, Therefore I Clam!" could be the mantra of the dozens of clam chowder chefs encouraged to compete in the annual cook-off during the Sebastian Clambake Lagoon Festival coming up in a couple weekends. The event celebrates Sebastian's way of life along the Indian River.
Nov. 4 2:15-5:15 p.m. Vintage (Classic Rock) 6-9 p.m. Chain Reaction (Party Band) Nov. 5 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Honey Miller (Smooth & Easy) 2-5 p.m. The Day After (Today’s Rock) 6-9 p.m. The Stephan Michael Connection (Funky Memphis Soul) Nov. 6 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Swampfox (Southern R&B) 2-5 p.m. All About Nothing (Country Hits)
Nov. 8 2-5 p.m. Bobby Coleman and the Coolers 6-9 p.m. Wild Life with Jungle Brass Nov. 9 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Folk Mountain Reggae 1-2 p.m. United Way Kick-Off 2-5 p.m. The Cheyenne Band 6-9 p.m. Vintage Nov. 10 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All About Nothing 2-5 p.m. Souled Out
Anjani Cirillo gets napkins for the Chowder Cook-off judges, Beth Mitchell, Jim Hill, and Debbi Vickers. Staff photo: Keith Carson
Robin Graves drops off her Chowder Cook-off entry at the Sebastian Yacht Club. Staff photo: Keith Carson.
Robyn Pauley shows off the crown that she has won the last four years during the Chowder Cook-off. Staff photo: Keith Carson.
Wesley Davis (left) starts the Chowder Auction in the pouring rain during the Sebastian Clambake Festival. Staff photo: Keith Carson.
Elizabeth Kubsch finds out that she won grand champion for her Manhattan Clam Chowder during the Chowder Cook-off as competitors Mickey Capp and Robyn Pauley react to the news during the Sebastian Clambake Festival. Staff photo: Keith Carson.
Grand Champion Chowder Cook-off winner Elizabeth Kubsch sports her crown during the Sebastian Clambake Festival. Staff photo: Keith Carson.
The Sebastian River High School drumline performs during the Sebastian Clambake Festival. Staff photo: Keith Carson.
John Burney dumps another steamer pot of clams to be sorted before serving at the Indian River Seafood Market tables at the Sebastian Clambake Festival. File photo: Keith Carson 2012
Jim Sexton leads a stage full of kids dancing the YMCA during the Sebastian Clambake Festival. Staff photo: Keith Carson.
The 2011 Sebastian Clambake Festival slogan winner, Mike Natale (right), is recognized for his winning slogan "I Think, Therefore I Clam" during the festival. Staff photo: Keith Carson.
Castaways Rob Messersmith and Teddy Hulse sit by the fire after firing the canon to signify the start of the Clambake Festival. Staff photo: Keith Carson.