We are Proud to be the Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina!!
The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival celebrates its 50th year on August 7th, 8th & 9th, 2020. A tradition that began as a way to honor the local fishing community has grown over the years, drawing crowds of more than 12,000 people.
On May 3rd, 2011, the festival was named The Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina by a bill sponsored by Senator Harry Brown and passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. This begins a new milestone in the history of the festival. So, one begs to ask, How did the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival get started?
One morning in 1971, a group of businessmen got together over coffee and decided it was time they shared their delicious shrimp with the outside world and honor the fishing community that harvests them.
It was decided at that time that each subsequent festival would be held the second weekend of August. “The reason they picked August is because its the peak of shrimping season here”, according to Bernice Guthrie, who has been involved with the festival for the past 40 years and is the only original member still involved with the festival. “Plus, when school is out, more visitors and tourists are able to come”, she added.
Please join us in Celebrating our remarkable fishing community! Come out-watch the parade, listen to the bands, ride the rides and eat some delicious wild caught local shrimp!
The 2019 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Committee