Sunday will be the third and final day of the 48th annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival.

The celebration included cooking demonstrations, shrimp heading contests, touch pools for kids to interact with shrimp and fish, carnival rides, myriad vendors, scholarship awards and, of course, food. The event’s main draw is the shrimp-a-roo dinner: half a pound of shrimp, fried or boiled, with fries, hush puppies and coleslaw.

“The food is great,” Amy Brown, of Boone, said. She travelled the six hours with her husband, daughter and four grandchildren.

Besides the shrimp-a-roo, Brown and her husband particularly enjoyed Filipino lumpia. Her grandchild, Taylor Holland, liked the bacon-wrapped scallion.

Jerry and Georgina Mason came from Raleigh with their daughter Anna, 10. The family particularly enjoyed the parade and the rides.

“I’m looking forward to [eating] shrimp,” Jerry Mason said. “I’m like Bubba, from Forrest Gump.”

Hundreds of visitors came through the fair grounds on Friday, a new addition to the festival, according to the event Chairsperson Lisa Hammer. Hundreds more were present on Saturday.

The festivities will continue today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 126 Park Lane in Sneads Ferry.


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