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Date of Issue: February 06, 2008

Island hosts wedding expo

More than 20 businesses will participant in the first annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival.

The event, coordinated by the Anna Maria Island Wedding Network in cooperation with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

Festivalgoers will meet at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, to register and pay a $5 fee for the event. They will then head out to destinations from one end of the Island to the other, according to organizer Jack Elka.

Transportation will be provided - on the Island’s free trolley service or by limousine.

The festival will include a fashion show, musical performances, samples of wedding cakes and appetizers, attendance at a mock wedding and a sunset celebration.

The sunset party will take place at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, where wedding cake and champagne will be served and the winner of a grand prize drawing announced.

The top prize? A free Anna Maria Island wedding package.

For more information, call Elka at 941-778-2711, or go to www.amiweddings.com.