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Aquatic jewels in Old Town

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Did you know there is a touch of the tropics right here in Old Town? And in that tropical setting, “living jewels” abound to the delight of everyone who visits?
Pelican Bay Island is the name Johnny and Martha Foster gave their 5-plus acres in Old Town. It is a little piece of Heaven right in Dixie County. Many locals have visited the “island” over the years to see the sights. Now the Fosters are extending an invitation to everyone to visit Pelican Bay Island and attend Nature’s Coast 10th Annual Koi & Goldfish Show  on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.
Maybe you’ve heard of koi. They can be one of the world’s most expensive pets. In some of the large koi shows around the country, it’s not uncommon to see some valued at $20,000. Most koi don’t cost nearly that much. The average koi sells for $25 to $100, but they are just as beautiful as their expensive cousins. Some look as if crafted from gold or silver. On some, the scales sparkle like diamonds. The Japanese have called koi “living jewels.”
But the long whiskers on their faces give their pedigree away. They’re actually just really nice-looking carp.
Koi are usually too huge to keep in an aquarium. They start out about 3 inches long, but they grow to about two feet long in just two years. They can eventually grow to 5 feet long.
Admission is free and there is plenty of parking. Hours for the show are Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Directions to Pelican Bay Island: Head north on County Road 349, five miles from the light in Old Town, and look for the signs.
For more information, call Johnny at 542-8925.