2014 Shell Show
77th Annual Shell Show
March 6, 7, 8, 2014
"Treasures of Sanibel"
Despite the weather, the 77th Annual Sanibel Shell Show was a success. The exhibits were outstanding, the volunteers worked tirelessly, and the overall feedback from visitors was very positive. There were over 225 artistic exhibits and approximately 400 liner feet of scientific exhibits in the show. Exhibitors came from numerous states and six foreign countries to compete in the show. Winners came from as far away as New Zealand and India.
Bad thunderstorms were in the forecast for the show’s opening day, keeping many visitors away from what is usually the busiest day of the show. By 11:00 AM, the storm was bearing down on Sanibel, and the police advised everyone to go home or get inside the Sanibel Community House. The outdoor Shell Festival activities were halted and the tents were tied down in preparation for the predicted dangerous lightning, high winds and heavy rain. The tornado siren went off warning the island of that possibility. Most visitors chose to return to their homes, but others did come into the building housing the Shell Show. The storm hit with everything that was predicted except the tornado. Eventually the rain subsided, but instead of things getting better, they got worse. Before long the electric power to the island was lost and the Shell Show had to be shut down completely.
The sun came out for the remaining two days of the show; however, the loss of the first day’s revenue will impact the grants given by the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club this year.