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The 41st Annual National Shrimp Festival comes to Gulf Shores October 11-14thIt is well known that Gulf seafood is among the best in the world, and in Gulf Shores, they throw one of the largest Seafood festivals in the nation to showcase it!

Kicking off October 11 and running through the 14th, the 41st Annual National Shrimp Festival is guaranteed to serve up plenty of family fun, fantastic entertainment and mouth watering seafood dishes throughout the entire weekend.

Held along the Public Beach in Gulf Shores, festival attendees are in for a treat as they can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as enjoy their tasty cuisine with their sand in the sugar white sand. Festival attendees can experience music from local acts such as Sugracane Jane and Lee Yankie, as well as national performers such as Dr. Zarr, Eddie Money and Phil Vassar. [Read more...]

40th Annual National Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, Ala.Like most everyone, we hate to see summer end, but it does mean one good thing … The National Shrimp Festival is almost here!

One of the most popular seafood events in the nation, The National Shrimp Festival brings over 300,000 people to the boardwalk of Gulf Shores’ main beach to celebrate fresh Gulf of Mexico Shrimp and other tasty foods; and let’s not forget great weather.  October 13th through 16th marks the festival’s 40th running and will feature over 300 vendors bringing arts & crafts, various types of seafood dishes and unique retail options to everyone joining in on the festivities.

Along with the delicious shrimp, seafood and fun activities for the whole family, The National Shrimp Festival also features continuous music on two stages throughout the weekend. Featuring everything from [Read more...]

Shrimp of every description will be parading at the 39th Annual National Shrimp Festival October 7-10 at the Gulf Shores public beach. Kaiser Realty, Inc. is sponsoring Shrimp on Parade benefiting the Christian Service Center, a local organization whose mission is to provide a “hand up” rather than a “hand out” to people in need living in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.

Twelve whimsical shrimp depicting life on the coast were sculpted by multi-media artist Jan Jones of Magnolia Springs for this event. In addition, three fine art sculptures, “The Spirit of the Gulf”- a mermaid portraying the quiet strength of the people who call the Gulf Coast home; a parrot entitled “Looking for the Lost Shaker of Salt”; and an old fisherman named “Hard Times,” will be included in the collection.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to contribute as little as $1 to the Christian Service Center at the Kaiser Realty, Inc. booth to be eligible to take one of these adorable crustaceans home.  A $2 donation will be asked for the “Spirit of the Gulf,” the parrot “Looking for the Lost Shaker of Salt,” and the old fisherman – “Hard Times.”  A drawing will be held Sunday afternoon at the festival site with winners announced. You do not have to be present to win.

Faye Cook, chair of the fundraising committee for the CSC said, “Shrimp on Parade, with their whimsical personalities, fit the overall fun atmosphere of the Shrimp Festival and gives us [Read more...]

shrimp-fest_webShrimp lovers unite! The 38th Annual National Shrimp Festival is set for October 8-11, 2009 in Gulf Shores, AL. Presented by Zatarain’s, Shrimp Fest has become a huge event from its meager beginnings, now easily drawing over 300,000 festival goers over the 4 day event. Peruse the wares of local artisans and sample food from over 300 local vendors. Also, don’t forget about the music. Shrimp Fest 2009 features major recording artists, including Foghat and LeAnn Womack. Admission is free, so bring the whole family and enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, live entertainment, as well as arts and crafts from Gulf Shores area artists and craftsmen.

According to a recent reader poll conducted by Southern Living, readers chose the Alabama Gulf Coast as one of the Southeast’s best beach and family destinations. Anyone who has ever visited the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach areas would not be surprised by this poll because of the area’s family friendly atmosphere and breathtaking beaches.

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37th Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, ALThe 37th Annual National Shrimp Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 9 and runs through Sunday, October 12, 2008 in Gulf Shores, AL. This year’s festival looks to be bigger than ever, bringing in national sponsor Zatarain’s. This festival is truly one-of-a-kind and offers something for everyone. Enjoy live entertainment, fine arts, arts and crafts and a retail market place, all located outdoors along the beautiful, white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Oh…I forgot to mention SHRIMP and lots of it!

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Sea Oats and Sand DunesIf you were wondering if it is a good time to visit Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, AL, fret no more. We are here and open for business! The Alabama Gulf Coast was spared of any damage from Hurricane Gustav as it made landfall earlier this week. Thankfully, our beautiful beaches were not affected. The sea oats renourishment project has made a great impact on our dunes, which are nature’s natural barriors to storm surge. The Alabama Gulf Coast has some great fall events this year, such as the 37th Annual National Shrimp Festival, Oct. 9-12, in Gulf Shores, and many more. Check back often for updates.