Gwen Fowler



34th Annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival

Posted 5/10/2010 8:53:00 PM
A line of shrimp trawlers paraded down Jeremy Creek in McClellanville Saturday, pausing for a blessing for their safety and bountiful harvest.

Crowds of folks along the shore waved as the big boats, most decorated with flags and full of people waving back, passed by.

The 34th annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet drew a large crowd of folks hungry for shrimp and other food, browsing through the booths of about 50 arts and crafts vendors, and enjoying a beautiful spring day.

My husband and I enjoyed the shrimp kabobs, which were cooked on a row of grills at the back of the tent. In addition to shrimp, the kabobs had sausage, squash and onion. We also had barbecue sandwiches, topped with cole slaw. Other food available included Frogmore stew and boiled shrimp, as well as burgers and hot dogs.

McClellanville is a lovely fishing village with beautiful old homes. One of the advantages of walking about a half-mile from where we parked to the festival was getting a chance to see the community. It’s definitely worth a visit.