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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

This weekend in my neck of the woods, it's time for the 45th Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival.  Over 100,000 visitors are anticipated over the 3-days of the Festival, and there are over 6000 pounds of clams waiting to be fried and gobbled up!  I'm not much of a clam person, but I do like the fried dough and other goodies available.  Since it's supposed to be over 90 degrees Saturday and Sunday, I won't be among the visitors; that's just a little to hot for my taste!

Below is a video I was able to get from WLBZ channel 2 -- it seems I'm not alone in my attitude toward clams.





 However, as you see, clams are not the only item on the menu!  You can score pizza, hamburgers, sausage sandwiches, fish chowder, chicken wings, soft pretzels, hot dogs, and strawberry shortcake.  There's something for everyone, plus all kinds of exhibits and activities.  If you think you ate too much and want to burn it off, there are a kayak race, a kids fun run, a bicycle race, and  a 5-mile road race awaiting your participation.  For those less inclined to exercise, there are arts and crafts shows, a firemen's muster, a clam shucking contest, a street dance, a parade, and a Diaper Derby.  Admission to the Festival is free---what a bargain!


Lining up for the diaper derby!





The firemen's muster is always fun to watch!



Lime Rickeys, anyone?



Over 3000 volunteers work at all the food booths and exhibits, and the money taken in supports local youth groups, school groups, non-profit organizations, and churches.  It's a truly amazing community event.


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21 comments:

Shelley said...

Yummy. I used to eat fried clams all the time. I have not had them in about 25 years. I suddenly became allergic to shellfish and have not tried any of that kind of thing since.
Looks like a good time; though you would think the promoters of the festival would maybe check the weather before making all those plans....It sucks to be hot and I'm not gonna do it.. LOL

Steven Anthony said...

yummers...I do love me some fried clams.

Mesina said...

I love communities getting together! And clams? I used to love Clam Chowder way back in my days of living on the Oregon coast. Ooooh chooowder...now I'm hungry xx

Brian Miller said...

sounds like a fun place to be...i love me some clams as well...

My name is PJ. said...

Even the large celebrations in New England have that small town charm.

Tara R. said...

Sounds like an exciting festival, and your photos show off the fun very well.

DJan said...

It sounds like a very worthwhile thing they do with this festival. I love the picture of the diaper derby. I don't like clams either, although I will eat them if served at someone's home.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Sounds like a fun festival, even though I am not a big fan of clams :)

Jen said...

This is a great festival. My husband and I went a few times...[when it was not too hot].....with my son and his family..lots to see and do...even when ou don't like clams.

Lynn said...

The smiles on the volunteers faces says it all! Looks like a time to look forward to all year long.

BLOGitse said...

That looks fun!
Clams? same as oyster? if yes, for me no thank you!
I do love all the other kind of seafood though.
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Kirby3131 said...

I thought, oh I don't care much for clams either until the TV woman started reading the banners - Clam strips, clam chowder -- oh, I do like those! I guess I do like clams! How funny.

Kristin - The Goat

Eva Gallant said...

Blogitse: There is a difference between clams and oysters, but I couldn't tell you what it is, as I refuse to eat either of them! lol

Jen: And I think it's even gotten bigger now!

Mesina: It's a bit of a commute for you, but maybe next year you could make it?

Steven: Is there any food you don't like? lol

Shelley: Unfortunately, the date is picked a year ahead of time. Hard to know what the weather will be that far ahead.

Rose said...

it sounds so great. the only problem, i don't live in your area. love to watch people just have fun and compare what they are eating vs. what someonele is eating. good photos. take care keep cool.

Amy said...

I'm not a fan of seafood at all. But festivals are totally my thing. Looks like fun.

Joanna Jenkins said...

What fun that would be-- But I'm with you-- It's too hot to be out and about in those temps!

Our family loves a good clam back. Back in Ohio we usually have one every October.

Happy SIMC,
jj

Debbie said...

When we lived in coastal NC, there were festivals every weekend it seemed. Here, we rarely have one. I miss them!

Life with Kaishon said...

You had me at fried dough!
: )
Never had a lime ricky, but I am pretty sure I would love it!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

Too funny... I love home town news reports. Thanks for the laugh. Hubby hate anything seafood, but I adore it and would have loved to have gone to get fried clams. It reminds me of the EPCOT Food and Wine Fest where they have every kind of food you could eat & people still eat the McDonald'd hamburgers and fries - YUK!

Pat said...

Sounds like a great time will be had by all! I love clams, but somehow, in 90 degree heat, they don't appeal to me! I bet they have to be SO CAREFUL as to not poison anyone in that heat!

Those kinds of festivals are a lot of fun, but crowds, heat, and me don't mix!

Unknown Mami said...

I want strawberry shortcake and I want it now!