The Shrimp Fest in Gulf Shores

Alabama is known worldwide for its fresh, delicious seafood, and for many, the jewel of the Gulf's mouthwatering bounty is, without a doubt, the shrimp! This tasty crustacean — plentiful in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico — has been an integral part of the area's economic and cultural heritage for hundreds of years.

The Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Every year, the people of Gulf Shores honor this delightful seafood with four days of fun and festivities. The Annual Shrimp Festival is always a major event on the state's calendar, but this year, the event will be even bigger and better than ever as it celebrates its 40th year. Initially conceived as a one-day event to attract tourists to the region outside the peak vacation season, the Shrimp Festival has grown over the years to become one of the most eagerly awaited outdoor events on the Gulf Coast.

Gulf Shores Shrimp Fest

Each October, the Annual Shrimp Festival draws more than 300,000 visitors from around the globe. Many are enticed by the huge selection of fine arts and handmade crafts offered for sale, as hundreds of artists display their work during the festival. Families simply love the Children's Activity Village, where crafts, carnival rides, face painting, and various on and off-stage activities entertain kids.

Among the many great things to see and do over the four-day festival is the annual Sand Sculpture Contest. This is always a guaranteed family favorite, attracting scores of enthusiastic participants and spectators. With categories for several age groups, everyone can take part in building the most ingenious and eye-catching sandcastles and sculptures! Two stages host live music throughout the festival, keeping visitors thoroughly entertained from morning to night.

But of course, the real focus of this great yearly get-together is the mighty shrimp! Vendors from far and wide prepare an astonishing array of delicious shrimp treats to tempt festival-goers' taste buds. A wide range of seafood and other culinary delights can also be found, from enticing gourmet dishes to traditional festival snacks.

To help celebrate the festival's 40th anniversary, organizers are offering three lucky people the chance to win a fantastic 2-night stay at the beach. One winner from each category — Best Photo, Best Story, and Best Shrimp Recipe — will be awarded prize packages worth hundreds of dollars.

Beach Fun in Gulf Shores AL

The Annual Shrimp Festival kicks off at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 13th, 2011, and it comes to a close on Sunday, October 16th, at 5:00 PM. And should you need any further incentive to head to Gulf Shores for this fun-packed weekend of family entertainment, you may be interested to know that admission is completely free to all!

If you are planning to attend this wonderful event, make your accommodation reservations early. The Gulf Shores area is home to many high-end condos and beach houses that can offer a gorgeous seaside sanctuary for your trip. To view condos and other properties in Gulf Shores, please see our Gulf Shores Real Estate page.

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SHRIMP! What a great article and fun festival, i hope we can make it next year!

Posted by brent on Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 5:04pm

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