|Beautiful fall weekend to greet Shrimp Fest, other activities|
October 7, 2013, Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – As tropical system Karen passed through the area on Sunday, tourism officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will welcome hundreds of thousands for one of the fall’s largest weekends.
“Shrimp Festival has traditionally been one of the area’s biggest fall events, and we are anticipating that this year will be no different,” Herb Malone, president and CEO of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (CVB) said. “Since Karen fizzled in the Gulf and did not negatively impact our area, we are ready to return to our fall festival season, and this year, guests also have the benefit of a 14-day fall red snapper that overlaps with our Shrimp Festival weekend.”
The 42nd Annual National Shrimp Festival is set for Thursday through Sunday (Oct. 10-13) at the main public beach in Gulf Shores. This free four-day event features two stages of non-stop musical entertainment featuring headliners BlackJack on Friday night and Everclear on Saturday night.
Other event attractions include more than 200 fine art and art and craft vendors, a sand sculpture contest, a children’s activity village, 10k and 5k races and new this year, Outdoor Wild and Shrimp Festival idol.
Food is another highlight of the festival with 50 local and regional vendors lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth watering delights. Due to the generous sponsors, Zatarains's, Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 200 pounds of shrimp per day will be prepared by some of the area's best chefs featuring their award-winning recipes and given away for people to sample at different tasting times that will be posted on the outside of the sponsor tent.
"Our great staff of volunteers has worked almost a full year to get ready for this weekend,” Shrimp Festival Chairman Matt Mogan said. “Weather forecasts indicate we're going to have beautiful fall weather, and we can't wait.
"Between the great food, fantastic music and plenty of arts, crafts and other vendors, everyone can come on down and have a memorable weekend along our beautiful beaches. All of these factors are what makes the festival Alabama's original – and best – beach party."
Some of the other events occurring along the Alabama Gulf Coast include the fall bird banding session at Fort Morgan (now through Oct. 15), Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market (Oct. 11-12) and the Sixth Annual Pirates Cove Dog Olympics (Oct. 12).