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The Great American Cooter Fest
Who would have thought one of the smallest inhabitants of Inverness... the Florida Cooter Turtle, would be the center of national media discussion, as well as play host to a 3 day festival with fun and activities for the entire family?

The last full weekend of October brings Sunny Cooter out of his turtle shell for three days of non-stop fun. Leading up to this will be a Cooter Crawl (a rotating tour of downtown culinary establishments) and Cooter Queen competitions at the Lakeside Bar & Grill.  Cash and prizes go to the winner; while fun and entertainment is provided for all. 

The Great American Cooter Festival is such a big event, we have a separate website,,  with ALL the history, details and more.  Included on the home page of this site is a link to a memorable Daily Show segment, which brought national attention to Inverness and Sunny Cooter during the first festival in 2004.   For up to the minute event info, "friend" Sunny Cooter on Facebook or call 352-726-2611.


City of Inverness • 212 W. Main Street • Inverness, Florida 34450