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Celebrate the upcoming shrimp season at 70th Annual Shrimporee

Posted at 5:45 AM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 10:50:02-04

It is time to get ready for lots of arts and crafts, live music, attractions for the kids and, of course, shrimp of every size and prepared just about every way imaginable.

We are talking about the 70th annual Aransas Pass Shrimporee.

For 70 years the Shrimporee has been a staple event in Aransas Pass and the surrounding communities.

This event is labeled the Largest Shrimp Festival in Texas and has been serving up delicious Gulf Shrimp for more than half a century. And anyone that knows Aransas Pass, knows that this event is massive, with tens of thousands of attendees annually.

The Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce, along with numerous other entities, non-profit organizations and volunteers are gearing up for what has the potential to be one of the most successful events of the season and are expecting more than 60,000  visitors this weekend.

Aransas Pass has been hosting their annual shrimp event since 1948.

Historically, the shrimp festival is held a few weeks before the opening of the shrimp season.

This provided the local shrimpers the chance to celebrate with the family before the often gruelling and always demanding season that took them out to sea.

The festival originally began when the town was the shrimp capital of the world. When the community first started this shrimp fest, it was known to many as the Shrimp-O-Ree.

Every year a different activity was added, and it has grown and continues to grow over the past 70 years.

Early years incorporated a blessing of the fleet of shrimp trawlers docked at Conn Brown Harbor.

A coronation dance celebrated the winner of the bathing beauty revue who was crowned Miss Shrimporee.

The title of King Shrimporee would go to the captain with the most pounds of shrimp produced and unloaded in Aransas Pass.

Nowadays, you’ll encounter shrimp eating contests and the men’s and women’s sexy legs contest.

The 70th annual Shrimporee will be staged once again in the Johnson Community Park at200 E. Johnson at Commercial Street, in Aransas Pass <x-apple-data-detectors://4>, and spans three days starting on Friday. Expect a large crowd.

Arts & Crafts Commercial Exhibitions
Kidz Korner: With lots of activities for the kids
Farmers Market
Carnival & Games
Shrimp Eating Contest
Mens & Womens Sexy Legs Contest and More!
Great Food – Everywhere!  (All drinks require tickets; food vendors take cash only)
Schedule of Events:
Steve Wariner
The Dave Rukkus Band
Reverends Daughter
Mike as Toby Keith
Keith as Kenny Chesney
Derek as George Strait
Three In A Row
Clarissa Serna
A,B. Quintanilla y Kumbia Kings Allstarz
The Last Bandoleros
Ricardo Castillon y La Differnzia
The Pictures Band
The John Cortez Band
Val Florian
Comedy Hypnotist – Rob Zeke
Chicas Rock
Pacific Islanders
Mariachi Aguilar
Shrimp Eating Contest
Country Tribute Bands
Merry Mouse Boy
Purple Dino Show
Tickle Monster
Comedy Stage Hypnotist Joseph Roberts
Ballet Folklorico Citlali. Le
Marcos Orosco Y Extremo

Cost: Three Day Pass: $20 Daily Admission
Adults: $10 Seniors/Military/Children 7-12: $5
Kids 6 & Under: Free

Avoid the Traffic and Take the Shuttle!
Pickup Locations:
Chamber of Commerce 130 W. Goodnight
Compton Hall 704 W. Yoakum @ Harrison Ave.
Palm Plaza Parking Lot (Bealls Store) 1901 W. Wheeler