Schedule of Events



Bring a lawn chair, and maybe even a blanket (there will be a bonfire), but leave the coolers at home.  Please and thank you!

Unless noted otherwise, Entertainment is located across the street from River Haven Marina.

Evening MC:  Steve Briscoe


Solo opener:  Kellen Vincent (7:50 p.m.)  Kellen Vincent bio

TBA (8:20 p.m.)

Soul Shine (9:30 p.m.)


Suwannee River Jam Auditions – Solo Artist – 10:30 a.m.

Karate Kids – 11:30-11:50 (Ballfield)

Suwannee River Jam Auditions – Bands – 1:00 p.m.

Sarah Trimm 12-12:45 p.m. and 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. (Ballfield)

Salty Bobbers (square dancers) 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. (Ballfield)

Think you have talent?  Prove it!  Open Mic – 1:50 – 3:15 p.m.  Ten minutes each performer (Ballfield)

Suwannee River Jame Audition Winner – Solo (5:30 p.m.)

Suwannee River Jam Audition Winner – Band (7:30 p.m.)

Karley Scott Collins Band (8:20 p.m.)  Karley Scott Collins Bio

Jamie Davis Band (9:45 p.m.) Jamie Davis Bio


Gospel Music artists – all at the Community Center – 1:00-3:00 p.m.

  • Sarah Trimm 

  • Emmy King

  • Cassie Buckley & Family


Don’t forget — the Beer Garden will be open Friday (February 15) from 6-11 p.m. and Saturday (February 16) from 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.!  Tips and donations  go towards the North Florida Boys and Girls Club.  Give generously and “Tip the Boot!”

Swamp Water Cook-off


Think you have the best SOUP, STEW and/or CHILI?  We’ll be the judge of that!

The 11th annual Swamp Water Cook-off will be held Saturday, February 16th.  Please submit you application either online (including online payment) or by downloading the pdf forms and submitting to the Chamber office.  Complete instructions are included on the forms!

Submit online (click)

Swamp Water Cook-off Rules and application.

Fiddler Crab Races

Saturday, February 16th
(held at the School ball field)


10:30 a.m.  – Tickets go on sale
11:00 a.m. – First race begins
2:00 p.m.  – Final Heat
2:30 p.m. – Winners announced!

Tickets  are $5.00 …. CHEER your CRAB to the finish line.

The winners of each heat will race for first place. 

First place winner receives $100.00. and a trophy.
Second and Third place 
winners receive a trophy.

Crabs provided through River Haven Marina & Motel.

Beer (and Wine) Garden

What could be better than enjoying a cold beer or a glass of wine in the great outdoors?

Sipping your favorite beverage AND contributing to our local kids, that’s what!

Cowboys – Yes, We are!!


Each year fifteen or so Cowboys from Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Florida descend on Steinhatchee to volunteer during the Fiddler Crabfest.
We’re members of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS). There are SASS
clubs in fifty states and in 16 other countries. We shoot competitively in period costume, using old west shotguns, rifles and six shooters. Great family fun for all ages. Learn more about SASS at their website
Our float “Cowboys for Kids” in the Saturday parade will be sporting a western barroom scene complete with a Cowboy card game, working girls, bartender, and a piano player. The float says it all: Cowboys for Kids can be found working the beer wagon, our tips and donations go to the North Florida Boys and Girls Club. We send kids from Jena and Steinhatchee to camp. Last year we raised $600 dollars which was used to purchase uniforms, shoes, and equipment for a girls’ softball team. The first girls team in fifteen years!


This year, please help us fill the Tony Lamas red patent leather boots to the top! 100% of the tips goes to our local Boys & Girls Club!  Our goal is to send the kids on a two day trip to Cape Canaveral Space Center, and outfit a boy’s baseball team.

Fishing Tournament





Frank Jackson and Dana Southerland

NEW this year, a “KING CRAB” trophy will be awarded to the overall best entry!

Trophies Awarded in 2 Categories (Golf Carts and Boats/Floats/Other)

Entries will be judged on two criteria:

1. Decorative Appearance: creative design, workmanship, overall effect

2. Enthusiasm: did you engage the spectators

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies will be awarded in both categories.

Line-up 9:30am Sat Feb 16th at Corner of Hwy 51 & 1st Ave SE (Fellowship Baptist Church
Parking area) Parade starts at 10:30.

Car Show


You’re a winner — but is your car?

Enter the 2019 Fiddler Crab Festival Car Show to find out!

Trophies awarded for best car in showbest looking carmost customizedbest restored.

No entry fees!  Just download and  submit your entry form as instructed on the form.  Bring your beauty and head on over to Steinhatchee, Florida!

If you think you’ve got something extra-special, enter the Fiddler Crab Festival parade for a chance to win even more!  For more information about the Car Show, contact Mark Reblin at (352) 356-1342.

Crab Dish Extravaganza


River Tours


Always refreshing and never a disappointment, our Steinhatchee River awaits! The River Haven Marina is offering River Tours on Saturday, February 16th! Tours will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue every hour, with the last boat leaving the dock at 3:00 p.m. Tours last 45 minutes. Tickets will be on sale in the ship store at River Haven Marina and the cost is $10/person. Children 12 and under are $5.00 each. Cash only, please. There will be a signup sheet so come early to pick your preferred time. You will be given a ticket with the tour time. River Haven Marina suggests you arrive about 15 minutes ahead of departure time – they have plenty of seating and even a beverage bar on their back porch. The marina is located directly across the street from all the festivities, including evening entertainment.  Don’t forget the camera!

A special thank you to our volunteer captains – Mike Baker (Crappie Fisherman) and Steve Kroll (Pepper Fish Key Charters) for donating their time, boat and gas.  The Captains receive no compensation, whatsoever.

All proceeds go directly to the Fiddler Crab Festival.

Poker Run

Download printable flyer

Download printable flyer

Boat Show

More Information coming soon

More Information coming soon