Rock Shrimp Festival in St Marys

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St. Marys, Georgia—On Saturday, October 4, 2008, the St. Marys Kiwanis Club will present, for the 36th time, a day of fun and celebration in honor of the local delicacy known as “rock shrimp.”

This year’s Rock Shrimp Festival theme, “36 Years and Still Rockin’,” will be depicted by displays and floats with Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel leading the parade as grand marshal. Camden County High School and St. Marys Middle School marching bands will rock the spectators along the parade route that leads to St. Marys’ waterfront.

The activities begin with an early morning 5K, 10K, and 1.5K Junior Run foot race, followed by the annual parade at 10:00 a.m.  As in years past, this year’s parade (which starts at the old Gilman Paper Mill site) will be headlined by local celebrities both human and mechanical including the renowned “Toonerville Trolley.” Made famous by the nationally-syndicated cartoon Wash Tubs and Easy, the vintage machine—when not making guest appearances—is housed in glass next to the St. Marys Welcome Center on Osborne Street.

The Main Stage, located on the waterfront at the end of Osborne Street, will showcase  back-to-back entertainment from 11:00 a.m. to dusk. Featured acts include dance troupes, martial arts demonstrations, Karaoke, country rock, bluegrass, and several performances by recording artist Robin Braddock Kinsey. Ignite Ministry will perform at the Gilman Waterfront Park stage.

Kids of all ages can participate in Americana’s traditional competitions including the inimitable rock shrimp toss.

A variety of food vendors will be staged on St. Marys street along with boiled and fried rock shrimp and fish dinners prepared by Kiwanis volunteers. A special children’s area will feature train rides and other family fun. More than 100 arts, crafts, and merchandise vendors will begin showing their wares at 7:00 a.m. and continue until dusk.

As in previous years, Kiwaniians expect to cook up about 700 pounds of rock shrimp. Proceeds from the festival fund the St. Marys Kiwanis’ various programs benefiting area youth.

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