Little River prepares to host annual ShrimpFest

One of South Carolina's most anticipated events, the Little River ShrimpFest, is coming in the second week of October.

ShrimpFest, formerly known as the Little River Shrimp and Jazz Festival, started in 2004.   File photo

One of South Carolina's most anticipated events, the Little River ShrimpFest, is coming in the second week of October.

The fall festival is fun for the whole family. It includes live entertainment of music from various genres such as jazz, pop, rock and beach tunes, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. There will be a kids zone; approximately 200 vendors, artisans and crafters; specialty foods; local organizations; and much more.

Since the musical performers planned for the festival in 2016 were unable to perform because of Hurricane Matthew, the festival is bringing back those artists for 2017. The line-up for Saturday includes Randy McQuay, Crashbox, Empire Strikes Brass, and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Cha's. Sunday's lineup includes Dino's School of Rock, PaperWork, and the Bibis Ellion Band.

ShrimpFest, formerly known as the Little River Shrimp and Jazz Festival, started in 2004 to commemorate the Little River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center being re-chartered. Since then, many locals have become regular attendees and the event has served as an opportunity to advance tourism and economic growth for the area.

Tickets for ShrimpFest are $4 in advance and $5 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Little River Chamber of Commerce, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CresCom Bank in Little River, First Palmetto Bank in Little River, and all Coastal Carolina National Bank branches on the Grand Strand.

For more information about ShrimpFest, visit littlerivershrimpfest.org.

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