Over 300,000 people will head to Gulf Shores, Alabama, this October 13-16 to focus on shrimp - - shrimp prepared in a zillion delicious ways! Along with plenty of shrimp dishes to feast on, the festival features music, arts & crafts, sandcastle/sand sculpting competitions, other festival foods and drink, and a children's village.
One of the most amazing facts about our Annual National Shrimp Festival is that after all these years, it is still FREE. Enjoy four days of fun with no admission charge! The Festival has become one of the nation's premier outdoor festivals. Over 300 vendors participate in the marketplace, and two stages present non-stop music and entertainment the entire time. The full schedule is listed on AlaGulfCoastChamber.com.
You don't have to take my word for how great this Gulf Shores festival is - - check out the recent honors it has received! The Annual National Shrimp Festival, or Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival as we still tend to call it, was recently named #7 best festival in the southeast by Southern Living Magazine. It was also named one of the top 5 tourist attractions in the state of Alabama!
Festival events include a 10K run that will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 15 as well as a 5K run and 5K walk starting at 8:30 that day. Details for registration and awards are found at the Festival Events site. Children have their own "village" at the festival where they are even supplied with free snow cones and popcorn. The village includes games, activities, and arts & crafts. Here are some scenes from last year's festival.
If you'd like to view the complete Annual National Shrimp Festival 2011 Program, it is available online. Here you can check out the list of entertainers, exhibits, and vendors as well as a map of the festival. A contest is held every year for the annual festival poster, and the series of posters available are quite an art display by themselves.
Gulf Coast shrimp deserve a national festival! They are known for their sweet taste, firm texture, and crunchy meat, and are one of many "delicious" reasons to come to Gulf Shores. With a home in this paradise, you can have a "festival" everyday. Let me help you find that perfect home. Give me a call: Lance Steffek, 251-981-2225, or contact me online and we'll get started.