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Marathon Art Festival to Benefit Historic Pigeon Key Feb. 8-9

Attendees can discover the wares of fine artists and craftspeople from around the country Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9, at the 20th annual Pigeon Key Art Festival at the Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49.

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A nationally recognized outdoor art festival, the event is a tropically themed oasis of creative offerings that includes pottery, paintings, glass, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. Each year artists demonstrate their skills during the show, giving attendees a glimpse of the techniques behind their original creations.

The event is named for Pigeon Key, a small island beneath the Old Seven Mile Bridge that housed workers constructing the iconic Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad in the early 1900s.

Keys-based musicians are to provide live entertainment, and food and beverage booths are to serve local delicacies and sweet treats. In addition, activities for children are planned to round out the family-friendly event.

A traditional Sunday art raffle concludes the weekend. Raffle tickets are to be available through 1 p.m. Sunday for a chance to win one of more than 50 pieces of artwork.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per adult and free for children under 12. Parking is free at the Marathon Community Park.

As an added value, patrons can retain their ticket stubs and redeem them for a buy-one-get-one-free ferry trip to Pigeon Key within one year of their show admission.

Festival proceeds help support the Pigeon Key Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and educating the public about the historical, environmental and cultural significance of the Florida Keys.

Event information: www.pigeonkeyartfestival.com

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