Beaufort Shrimp Festival
Beaufort, South Carolina, USA
(Beaufort, SC) Main Street Beaufort, USA and the South Carolina Shrimpers Association are gearing up for the 18th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival, to be held Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This two-day festival is a celebration of SC Wild Caught Shrimp, local food and fun in the Lowcountry.
We’ve been advising people to “be ready to ‘dance their shrimp tails off and come with an empty stomach”
The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday and include live music by Stud Farm and several area restaurants, which will be previewing their shrimp dishes for Saturdays competitions. All restaurants will be using SC Wild Caught Shrimp.
The festival’s popular 5K Run (USATF certified course) and Walk Through History will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Bay and Newcastle Streets. All require advanced registration.
Saturday’s events continue at 11 a.m. with live music, children’s games and activities and arts and crafts. Local restaurants will put their unique spins on fresh local shrimp, available to attendees, and will compete for the “Best Shrimp Dish and Best Booth Decoration voted by a panel of judges, and the “People’s Choice”, chosen by festival attendees. The overall winner will be awarded the prestigious Silver Cup. Alternative foods will be available for the shell-fish intolerant. Also adults will be able to participate in a shrimp heading competition and children in a shrimp peeling competition for various prizes.
The Sea Island Rotary Club will host the 3rd annual Charity Shrimp Race where 5,000 adopted rubber floating shrimp will be dropped into the Beaufort River adjacent to the Waterfront Park. Each shrimp will have a unique number 0001 through 5000. The shrimp will float naturally with the tide toward a finish line, possibly directed by boons to keep the shrimp floating on the racecourse. The first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line receive cash prizes
The Studd FarmVenue
Downtown Beaufort Waterfront ParkTimes
Fri, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Sat, 11:00 am - 5:00 pmAdmission & Parking
Free admission/metered parkingWebsitehttp://www.beaufortshrimpfestival.comInfophone