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The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival
The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is an annual event held atJ. F. Gregory Park, located at 521 Cedar St., the third weekend in October. People from all over the southeast come tosample southern hospitality while enjoying some of the best seafood you’ll find anywhere. The festival features continuous entertainment on two stages with local andnational entertainment.
Thrill-seekers will enjoy the carnival midway and shoppers will enjoy perusing the hand-made arts and crafts and business booths. Foodieswill delight in the wide variety ofdelicious food including some of themost tastyseafood found anywhere in Coastal Georgia.
The Seafood Festival began in 1985 at the Kilkenny Fisherman’s Co-op as a small, community fair that offered local seafood and a venue for local non-profit agencies to fundraise for their organizations. In the beginning, the founders of the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival were all volunteers, and very few in numbers. What they produced was a fun, family-oriented event, that also showed Richmond Hill as a great place to live
In 1998, then-Mayor Richard Davis approached the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce to bring the Seafood Festival to Richmond Hill. J. F. Gregory Park had just beenbuilt,and was basically just a large tract of land with a road circling around it. Linda Barker was Festival chairperson at thetime,and remained in that capacity for three years. This was a new event and they really didn’t know what to expect. The event featured live music and seafood vendors and drew people from outside the city. The headline entertainment was The O’Kaysions, and approximately 8,500 people turned out for the festivities. Over the next few years, changes were made to include a carnival, Saturdayeventsand nationally known musical acts.
Today, we are still mostly an all-volunteer committee of approximately 300 people. The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival has grown to a festival of 35,000 attendees featuring some of the best coastal seafood you can find, cooked in a variety of ways, premiere desserts, and who can forget the kettle corn and peach cobbler cooked by the Boy Scouts! We have over 50 arts and crafts booths showing their wares, non-profit organizations that serve Richmond Hill/Bryan County,business boothrow showcasing numerous businesses around town, and oh, the entertainers….
Past entertainers include Drivin’ & Cryin’, Collective Soul, Little River Band, Lou Gramm & John Waite, Charlie Daniels, Survivor, Eddie Money, The Blues Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Swingin’ Medallions, Gregg Allman & Friends, The Original Tams, The O’Kaysions, Blues Traveler, the Dave Matthews Band, Joe Nichols, and 38 Special.
Information and photo are from http://www.goseafoodfestival.com
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