24th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival
It’s almost time to eat! The Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival, celebrating SC Wild Caught Shrimp and local food and fun here in the Lowcountry, is coming up on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort.
One of Beaufort’s larger and more popular events, the festivities kick off at 6:00pm on Friday and include live music along with several area restaurants previewing their shrimp dishes for Saturday’s competitions. All restaurants will be using SC Wild Caught Shrimp. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until 6:00pm for the fun to begin because you can browse and shop the festival’s Arts & Crafts Market starting at Noon.
It’s a party in the park you don’ t want to miss on Friday evening with live music on the Pavilion Stage featuring Deaz-Guys from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
The festival’s popular Run Forrest Run 5K (USATF certified course) will begin at 8:00am on Saturday morning. The Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:30am. (All require advanced registration.)
The event continues on Saturday at 11:00am with local restaurants putting their unique spins on fresh local shrimp to compete for the “Best Shrimp Dish” and “Best Booth Decoration” voted by a panel of judges, and the “People’s Choice”, which is chosen by festival attendees. The overall winner will be awarded the prestigious “Silver Cup.” Also, adults will be able to participate in a shrimp heading competition and children in a shrimp peeling competition for various prizes. Don’t miss the children’s games and activities, and arts and crafts vendors too.
The music line up promises to be a good one, as always, with area favorites taking the stage and rockin’ the park from 11:00am until the headliner, American Idol Winner Candice Glover, takes the stage at 6:30pm.
Don’t miss the Sea Island Rotary Club’s Charity Shrimp Race and witness 5,000 rubber floating shrimp racing down the Beaufort River adjacent to Waterfront Park at 3pm. The first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line share $5,000 in cash prizes and the first 100 shrimp have a chance to win a car or boat valued at $39,000.