St. Marys 37th Annual Rock Shrimp Festival

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The Rock Shrimp Festival in St. Marys, Georgia, takes place on October 3, 2009. This year it’s “All about the kids”.

ST. MARYS, GA—In keeping with the focus of Kiwanis around the world, the St. Marys Kiwanis have themed the 2009 Rock Shrimp Festival “It’s All About The Kids.” The theme will be emphasized throughout the day’s events beginning with this year’s parade Grand Marshal six-year-old Ethan Spinks. Ethan recently saved his infant sister from choking on a coin. Other tributes to the theme include a new element, “The Kids Safety Zone.”

A collaborative effort between St. Marys Kiwanis and eleven other community organizations including fire departments, police departments and other agencies, The Kids Safety Zone will feature a DUI Car Crash Exhibit, Child Safety Seat Seminars, and live demonstrations and presentations on pet safety, smoke detector education, K-9 Units, Boating Safety, Bicycle Safety, Beer Goggles, and many other activities. All children who complete all the stations will get free admission to the St. Marys Submarine Museum by showing their completed passport. Parents will receive discounted admission to the museum.

St. Marys Kiwanis President Jolene Haney said that Kiwanis is all about serving the children of our community, and the Rock Shrimp festival is an excellent way to educate the public and engage them in the Kiwanis’ mission.

“Children are our future,” Haney said. “From our Terrific Kids and K-Kids programs in the elementary schools and Builders Club in the middle schools, to the Key Club in the high school, the Kiwanis offer myriad opportunities for everyone to help our kids be all that they can be.”

Kids from 2 to 92 will be enjoying one of the highlights of the festival—the quintessential rock shrimp dinners. Early morning foot races (beginning at 7:30 am), including a 5k, 10k, and 1.5k Junior Run, kick off the day, followed by the themed parade (10:00 am). First, second, and third prizes will be awarded to parade entries that best depict the theme, and the perpetual trophy, “Rocky,” will be handed over to the Best of Parade winner.

All-day entertainment will grace the waterfront stage with more than 100 food and arts vendors expected to line St. Marys Road and Osborne Street. According to Festival Co-Chair Barbara Mizelle, vendor spaces are going fast, but there’s still time to register.

“You can register for the races, parade, or a vendor space by visiting,” Mizelle said. “And the best time to buy your dinner tickets is before the day of the event to save money and waiting in line.”

Mizelle said Kiwanis volunteers anticipate cooking up nearly a ton of shrimp this year. Advance tickets can be purchased at St. Marys Welcome Center, Kingsland Visitors Center, Camden County Chamber of Commerce, Camden Printing, Atlantic Auto Brokers, Island Lounge & Grill, Coastal Bank in St. Marys, and Once Upon a Bookseller.

All proceeds from the festival will be spent 100% locally and fund the many kids programs as well as other Kiwanis initiatives. St. Marys Kiwanis deliver 150 Thanksgiving baskets to needy families, support Christmas for Camden’s Kids as well as the Salvation Army, Camden House, and American Red Cross among other organizations. The St. Marys Kiwanis have recently chartered an Aktion Club created to help mentally impaired adults organize and serve the community as well.

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