Humble Suwannee Springfest has yet to reap the recognition and appreciation that some of the bigger festivals have managed to attain. Being that it's in its 18th year, it can only be attributed to the fact that it still seems so local to us Florida folks. Indeed, it boasts a favorable location: Held outside Live Oak, Florida -- practically on the banks of, yes, the same Suwannee River Stephen Foster once celebrated in song -- it's easily accessible from Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and all points south.
Well, almost all points south. For those of us living at the tip of this sprawling peninsula, it is something of a haul. Still, there are several excellent reasons why the drive is well worthwhile. Here are the top five.