Before there was Seafood Festival there was Harbor Day.

In the 1950s, folks were already flocking to Franklin County each fall to enjoy the fall weather and the seafood. In fact the Harbor Day tradition dated back to the turn of the century when it was a celebration of the opening of the bay for winter oystering.

The price for what was then a free dinner was sitting through a great many speeches by politicians including Jim Woodruff, Bob Sikes and various governors and congressmen.

Even before the birth of the Florida Seafood Festival in 1964, Apalachicola celebrated.