We celebrate teeth this weekend at the annual Sharks Tooth Festival, beginning at 4 p.m. today. Those pre-historic fangs draw about 20,000 people to the airport festival grounds for a weekend of live music, food and, of course, an exhaustive display of fossilized shark’s teeth. They’ve also put Venice on the map as the Sharks Tooth Capitol of the World. 

“We’ve got an expanded fossil tent area and it’s not just teeth,” says Event Director Maggie Riggall. “There are gems and minerals.”

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Roger and Brenda Clark enjoy last year's Shark's Tooth Festival

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The Gator Creek Band takes the stage at 6 p.m. followed by a full day of blues, rock and country Saturday.

A new, expanded children’s game area will be open all weekend. And of course, there will be lots to eat and drink, including seafood, barbecue and beer. More than 100 artists and vendors will be selling their work.

But before you start eating and imbibing tomorrow, get in a good run or walk by participating in the 7th annual Shark’s Tooth 10k. It starts at 7:30 a.m. but you need to arrive earlier to pick up your packet or register. The race has an 18 and under category and is open to people of all ages. The event begins at the Venice Airport Festival grounds and winds through neighborhoods and into Caspersen Beach Park and returns along the Venetian Waterway Trail to the airport. Proceeds benefit the 

Festival admission is $4; children 12 and under are free. 

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