Your 2015 Guide to the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

Your 2015 Guide to the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

August means fresh seafood here in Topsail, North Carolinaespecially shrimp. It's that time of year for the annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival. Do you know about this amazing festival set in the quaint and quintessential southern town of Sneads Ferry? If you don't, this blog post is just for you! Even if you do, you'll want to read this post for all you need to know about the 2015 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, so that you can start making your plans. The festival celebrates its 45th year in 2015, so this it's a long-standing and locally-loved event. The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival has drawn crowds of 10,000 or more for its two-day celebration, so it's not just a local sensation.

Here's everything your inquiring minds need and want to know about this year's festival. Come and join in the shrimp and seafood celebration. We'd love to see you!

Details, Details

Here is a quick run down of the 2015 need-to-know facts of this year's Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival. It runs Saturday, August 8 from 9a.m.-11:30p.m. through Sunday, August 9 from 11a.m-5p.m.

Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival 2015
  • Admission costs $5 per adult, $2 for children ages 6-12, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge.
  • Sneads Ferry is located in Onslow County and is conveniently located between the cities of Jacksonville and Wilmington, NC. It is also within minutes of Topsail. 
  • Did you know there's an app for that? Yep! A Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival app can be downloaded right here.
  • Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for the entertainment areas for your listening pleasure.
  • Coolers, pets and alcohol are not permitted at the festival.
  • Free shuttle service is provided from the designated parking areas.
  • The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival grounds are located at 126 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry. Click here for more contact information.

The History Behind Festival

The Shrimp Festival began as a way to pay tribute to the local fishing community and is now deemed "The Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina". The humble beginnings happened over a cup of coffee and some conversation among local businessmen about how to best honor the fishing and maritime culture of this region of North Carolina, as well as share their love of local shrimp with others. August is the peak of shrimp season and a great time of year to include the visitors and vacationers in the celebration, so the second week in August was slated for this annual event.

The rest, as they say, is history. To read more about how the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival evolved into the event it is today, click here.

Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Highlights

There is a lot thSneads Ferry Shrimp Festival 2014at happens in this two-day festival, so try to get there on both days. You'll find plenty of food and craft vendors, a beer and wine garden, and lots of kid-friendly activities.

Saturday kicks off the Shrimp Festival with the traditional parade at 9a.m. There is a variety of live musical entertainment throughout the day and a fireworks show at 9p.m. And don't forget the Shrimp Heading Contest at 1p.m. (Yes, you heard correctly!) Liz and Justin from The History Channel's show "Swamp People" are at the festival signing autographs and sharing photo ops.

Sunday offers Shimparoo Dinners for your tasting pleasure. There's also a car, truck and bike show with awards presented at 3p.m. and live entertainment throughout the day.

You can find the full two-day schedule of events here with all of the details. Mark your calendars!

For the Kids

The kids are happy at the festival because of the many fun activities designed especially for them. There's an art and face-painting area, games, bounces, rides, educational displays and an amusement area, as well as a live touch tank.

Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your kids! There is something for everyone of every age.

Supporting Our Local Fishermen and Wild Caught Shrimp

Sneads Ferry and the surrounding Topsail community are big supporters of American Wild Caught Shrimp for obvious reasons. Sneads Ferry itself catches over 385 tons of shrimp annually. That's a lot of shrimp for a little town.

We'd appreciate if you took the time to read more about the plight of American fishermen and the American shrimp industry along with the challenges they face. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is a great resource if you're interest in learning more. Thank you in advance for buying local.

Are you planning to attend this year's Shrimp Festival in Sneads Ferry?

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