Third Annual Edisto Shrimp Fest

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Get ready to get your shrimp on this weekend.

The third annual Edisto Shrimp Fest kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Bay Creek Park. There will be local seafood and arts and crafts vendors. DJ Jim Bowers will be handing the music from 2-6 p.m and then the Sea-Cruz Band will take over at 6 p.m. There will also be shag lessons at 5 p.m. A kayak raffle will also take place.

Admission to the event is free, so you’ll definitely want to come out with the whole family. The event should conclude around 10 p.m.

The festival celebrates shrimp as it pertains to the culture of the lowcountry. Anyone who’s visited Edisto Beach has undoubtedly watched as the shrimp boats trawl right off the coast. Throughout the years, there have been times when there have been more boats out in the water off the Edisto coast, but nowadays the only local boats out there belong to the Flowers family, which is why you can always get some of the best local catch out at their seafood shop on Highway 174.

As for the shrimp itself, this time of year the white shrimp are in season. These are the offspring of the shrimp spawned in the spring. White shrimp is caught from August through January, although the peak season for the shrimp is in September and October. Once the white shrimp season is over, commercial harvesting won’t begin again until May.

So, if you’re in the area (and if you’re not, come on down, you can book a rental house or condo for fairly cheap this time of year) come out to the festival to pay homage not only to the shrimp, but to an industry that is a huge part of lowcountry culture.

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  1. This article is incorrect. The sarah jane, a shrimp boat owned and operated by Captain Bill Smoak, has been shrimping the Edisto waters for decades and is still running today as the last fully operational shrimp boat on Edisto Beach. The Sarah Jane provides fresh shrimp to Edisto Seafood, Edisto Beach’s only seafood market. Edisto Seafood is owned and operated by the Fontaine family, and has been a seafood shop on Edisto Beach for the past 50 years.

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