WEEKI WACHEE - After a few days of questionable weather, the skies cleared up Saturday for the 21st annual Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival.
Festival President Joe Meloni said the festival was "filling in nicely" in the morning and the festivalgoers could look forward to "terrific entertainment, lots of good food, great arts and crafts ... and spectacular weather."
This is the second year the festival has been at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, after moving from Linda Pedersen Park.
Meloni said the park pitched in with extra mermaid shows and riverboat rides specifically for the festival.
Just before noon, about 800 people had walked through the gates, according to park staff.
Meloni expected 5,000 to 7,000 people during the weekend.
The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.
Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-11.
Free parking is available at the park, as well as at Sand Hill Scout Reservation.
For information, call (352) 556-5807 or (352) 597-4424, or go online at www.swampfestweekiwachee.com.