Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Celebrates Its 44th Year on the Treasure Coast of North Carolina

Sneads Ferry is a small fisSneads Ferry NChing village on North Carolina's Treasure Coast with a big reputation when it comes to fresh, local seafood. With a population of under 3,000 people, Snead Ferry brings in over 385 tons of shrimp annually, as well as 493 tons of your other seafood favorites including clams, scallops, oysters, soft and hard shell crabs, mullet and spots. Sneads Ferry catches over 25 tons of flounder alone on an annual basis.

The two-day festival happens each year during the second weekend of August, the peak of shrimping season on the coast of North Carolina, and draws thousands to this quaint town with a rich maritime heritage. In 2011, the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival was designated as The Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina and continues to live up to that title. Not too shabby for a festival that was devised by a few area businessmen enjoying a pot of coffee one morning in 1971. They had a strong desire to share their fresh catches with the world, while honoring the fishing community that harvested them from the local waters. You can read more about the history of the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival here.

Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival 2014This year the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival occurs on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10 with gates opening at 10am on both days. The festival offers the charm of festivals past, the present spirit of a proud fishing community, and the hope of preserving the essence of this maritime village and what it has to offer. The proceeds benefit the local community, too.

In addition to shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp, festival-goers can enjoy the parade, live music, fireworks, beer and wine tent, arts and crafts, car show, and let's not forget the shrimp heading contest. The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival also offers a live touch tank, local fishermen demonstrations, shrimp preparation and cooking demonstrations, games, rides and other family-friendly activities. You can view the full schedule of festival events here.

Admission to the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival is $5; children ages 6-12 admitted for $2; children age 5 and under are admitted free-of-charge. Pets, coolers and alcohol are not permitted.

If you're vacationing on Topsail Island next week, we hope you'll consider attending the festival. Sneads Ferry is approximately a 15-minute drive from Topsail and worth the trip.

If you plan to attend the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, let us know. We'd love to hear from you. Let's support the local fishermen and enjoy their catch of the day. See you there!

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