Almost Time for 45th National Shrimp Festival

45th National Shrimp Festival
Vendors getting ready for visitors to the annual celebration of popular crustacean.

The beachfront in Gulf Shores is being transformed. The 45th National Shrimp Festival happens every year this time in October.


Matt Mogan is in his last year as chairman of the festival. “Right now we’re doing tent construction, stage construction, putting infrastructure with the electrical and any kind of plumbing needs that we have.”

Shuttles will be running again this year to help cut down on traffic congestion. “We have busing going all the way from West Beach to the Flora-Bama to north of the city of Gulf Shores to The Wharf.”

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More than a quarter of a million people are expected at the four-day festival. Along with the shrimp and other seafood, there will be music and arts and crafts.


Gates open at 10:00 am Thursday. Admission is free. For more information, you can check out the website,

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