The 12th annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival will be taking place September 24-25.
Beginning in Saengerfest Park Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm, Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc. will honor the festival’s sponsors and cook-off teams with a VIP Sponsor Party and Texas Sized Fried Shrimp Dinner. Complete with free-flowing beverages and live entertainment, there’s no better way to launch into the weekend’s festivities. VIP Sponsor party tickets are available to the public for purchase at $50 a ticket.
The fun begins at 9:00 am on Saturday morning with the official Shrimp Scamper 5K Fun Run/Walk, presented by Moody National Bank. All fitness levels and ages are invited to join in at 28th and Seawall to begin the race, and all participants will receive an event T-shirt, libations, plus the opportunity to upgrade their registration to include a Gumbo Sampling Cup as entry into the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival.
Check-in for Kidfish begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, with weigh-in times ranging from 10 am- noon. Kids must supply their own rods, tackle, and bait, and are exempt from Texas fishing licenses. Prizes will be given throughout the day, as well as awards for 1st-10th place per division. This event is presented by the Texas Game Warden Association.
The Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, vendor exhibits, and live music will be held in the Historic Strand District on Saturday, September 25th beginning at 10:00 am. Visitors to the festival will be able to purchase a Gumbo Sampling Cup in advance for $12 plus tax for a limited time only. This cup will allow guests to sample gumbo from over 50 cook-off teams comprised of amateur and professional cookers from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 25th. Other events on Saturday include the Lil’ Shrimps Parade at 3:00 pm sponsored by the Galveston Shrimp Company with festive floats, marching bands and bead tossing, and the Strand Merchant Walkabout from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm where contestants will visit participating Strand Merchants for a chance to win over $300.00 in gift cards.
For tickets and additional information visit www.galvestonislandshrimpfestival.com