CLERMONT — Event organizers are preparing for Clermont's inaugural Lake Watersports and Seafood Festival — a family friendly and pet friendly event — Saturday and Sunday at Waterfront Park in Clermont.

One of the highlights will be the DockDogs, trained retriever dogs based in Medina, Ohio, who compete at various events across the country. They jump off platforms into a 27,000-gallon pool to fetch a baton and are scored on height, distance and speed.

“DockDogs have never been in Lake County, so it's going to be a real treat for people here,” said Joe Steed, Festivals of Florida event coordinator. “I wanted to bring in something different, attract a different crowd and bring new money into the area, but all in all, there will be a lot of firsts happening here this weekend and it's exciting.”

In between competitions, professional dog trainers will offer tips and live demonstrations to festival-goers and their pets.

People will also be able to browse a water craft show featuring power boats and jet skis from area dealers, and vendors from all over the state will offer a wide selection of seafood options, including lobster rolls, snow crab, gator tail jambalaya, conch fritters, oysters, crab cakes and crawfish.

In addition, people can see the Panama Pearl Pirate Ship from Melbourne, which will be docked on Lake Minneola, participate in beach body and bikini contests, shop vendors and listen to live music.

“I wanted to do something that represents the culture of Florida, because when you get right down to it, seafood and water sports are major aspects of Florida living,” said Steed.

Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and $3 for children, and parking is free. Festival hours are from 10 am. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but Saturday will feature a concert from 5 to 8 p.m. by Chillakaya, a reggae band from Jacksonville. The concert is included in the admission price.

“This festival will be bring a whole new brand of fun to this area, but I also see it growing into an event that impacts our economic development,” Steed said, adding that the Seafood and Blueberry festivals he organized in Mount Dora have attracted thousands of people.

For information, go to or search Lake Watersports and Seafood Festival on Facebook.