With 663 miles of beaches in Florida and nearly 1,200 miles of coastline, it’s no secret the Sunshine State is a good place for shelling. Enthusiasts can spend hours on the beach looking for just the right shell to take home.

Shell collecting has also turned into big business. Various shows are held across the state each year where collectors can meet other members of the growing community and display their unique collections.

One of the largest shows happens each year on the third weekend in January. Now in its 51st year, the Broward Shell Show takes place January 16 and 17 at the Emma Lou Olsen Civic Center in Pompano Beach. It’s a free event and open to the public.

On this episode of the Orange Rocket Post Audiocast, we talk with the show’s chairwoman, Alice Pace, and discuss a number of topics related to one of Florida’s favorite hobbies.

shellshowfront2016Photos courtesy of Alice Pace, Broward Shell Show