It’s a celebration of a community’s heritage — and a reason to eat shrimp.
Lots and lots of shrimp.
The 44th annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival drew an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 through the gate at the Sneads Ferry Community Fairgrounds on Aug. 9 and 10, event Chairwoman Jennifer Marshburn.
People travel great distance for the festival. The reason is constant, Marshburn said: It’s the shrimp.
“They’re the best shrimp,” Marshburn said. “We have wild caught, local shrimp and that is what we push and we love.”
Marshburn said the Shrimp Festival is one of the most important events on the calendar in her hometown because it’s a display of a way of life that goes back three centuries.
“Since the 1700s, this has been a shrimping community,” Marshburn said. “Seafood, farming were the biggest industries in that time, so it’s a very big part. We have a lot of heritage and a lot of families who ... this is what their families have done for hundreds of years.”