Swamp Fest has grown from a small community fundraising festival to an annual event that draws thousands from all over. In 1994 Swamp Fest held its first annual festival in the parking lot at the Weeki Wachee Area Club, soon outgrowing the parking lot it moved around the corner to the Weeki Wachee Christian Camp. The festival remained there for a few years before moving even further down Shoal Line Boulevard to Linda Pederson Park. In 2013 Swamp Fest made the big move to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. But In 2018 Swamp Fest made its return to it’s permanent home, Linda Pedersen Park!
Swamp Fest is organized by the Weeki Wachee Crime Watch, The Weeki Wachee Area Club, and the Hernando Environmental Land Protectors (H.E.L.P.). All monies (after operating costs) are distributed among the three organizations and to many deserving local charities.
Some of the organizations that have received the donations in previous years are: 4-H, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Arc Nature Coast, Artificial Reef Development, Audubon Society, Boy Scout Troop #433, Chinsegut Hill, Civil Air Patrol, Coastal Spring Hill Education Center, Guardian Ad Litem, Hernando Beach Fire Department, Hernando Beach Marine Safety, Hernando Beach VFW, Hernando County Boys & Girls Club, Hernando County Recreation Dept. Youth Camps, Hernando County Sheriff, Hospice, Holy Ground (Pasco County), Jericho Road Ministries, People Helping People, Salvation Army, Save The Manatee Program, SHARP Crime Watch, Sierra Club (Gulf Coast), Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, The Dawn Center, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 15-08, West Hernando Christian School.