Boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp sauce piquante, you name it! The city of Delcambre will hold its 62nd annual Shrimp Festival from August 15-19, 2012, on the grounds of the Delcambre Shrimp Festival Building off Hwy. 14.
Located about 20 miles southwest of Lafayette, the town devotes an entire weekend to honor the shrimping industry, its economic lifeblood. Events include a shrimp cook-off, boat parade, queen pageants, water fights, live music and fais-do-do's, arts and crafts booths, carnival rides and the blessing of the shrimp boat fleet.
"Always the third full weekend in August, the Delcambre Shrimp Festival is all about trendy crafts, excellent music, impressive food, great friends, and a fantastic time!," said event planner Tammy Trim.
Saturday, July 28th, the coronations begin at 9am at the Shrimp Festival Building:
Baby Shrimp (ages 2-4)
Little Shrimp Queen (ages 5-7)
Deb Shrimp Queen (ages 8-10)
Junior Shrimp Queen (ages 11-13)
Teen Shrimp Queen (ages 14-16)
Miss Shrimp Queen (ages 18-23), and Photogenic contest.
Wednesday, August 15th, the concessions open at 6:30pm and the festivities kick off with "family night" at the street fair from 6:30pm-10pm. Ride all carnival rides for one price ($17) and dance with DJ Homer Stelly. Admission is free.
Thursday, August 16th, the concessions open at 6:30pm and "family night" resumes from 6:30pm-10pm to the tunes of local band Kung Fu Pineapple. There is no gate fee.
Friday, August 17th, starting at 6:30pm, enjoy the concessions, street fair and fais-do-do with music by local band Blaine Roy and national recording artists Shenandoah and Charley Rivers. Admission costs $5 (free for children under 12).
Saturday, August 18th, the shrimp cook-off starts at 9am and the concessions open at 11am. Ride all rides for one price ($17) from 12pm-3pm and revel in the water fights at 1pm. Let national recording artist Chris Cagle and local bands DJ Homer Stelly, Kross Fyre, Sideshow and Jaryd Lane entertain you at the all-day fais-do-do. The gate fee is $10 (free for children under 12).
Sunday, August 19th, attend the 10am Fisherman's Mass at the Shrimp Festival Building, followed by the traditional "Blessing of the Fleet" and boat parade. The concessions and street fair open at 11am. Ride all rides for one price ($17.00)from 12pm-4pm. The fais-do-do begins at noon with Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition. All concessions close at 4pm. Admission is free.
For information on this event, visit www.shrimpfestival.net or call (337) 685-2653. Find the complete Iberia Parish calendar of events at www.iberiatravel.com