Golconda will be paying tribute to the area’s freshwater shrimp farmers with games, entertainment and shrimp dishes with the 13th Annual Shrimp Festival Saturday.
The festival was created in 2001 to help promote Southern Illinois Prawn Growers. These Southern Illinois-grown prawn will be served up in a variety of ways or may be purchased by the pound to be enjoyed later.
Local wineries will have their wares to sample or purchase.
There will be buggy rides and Black Diamond Aviation will be providing helicopter rides.
Others may wish to sit back and relax with family and friends to enjoy one of the live bands that will be performing throughout the day. Scheduled this year is Cotton Patch Express playing from noon to 4 p.m. and Cache River Band playing 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Farmer's Market will be open from 7 a.m. to noon.
A corn hole tournament will start at 2 p.m. and the Little Miss Shrimp contest will commence at 4:30 p.m.
Every year the Shrimp Festival has continued to grow and this is a direct result of the many hours of work by Main Street Golconda, local prawn growers, vendors, sponsors, entertainers, and many volunteers.
The festival also is an opportunity to show off the town with its 19th century buildings and a walk bridge from the river’s edge to the Golconda Marina.
Saturday’s schedule is:
7 a.m. — Famers’ Market
10 a.m. — Festival Opens with food, crafts, beer and wine garden open
Noon — Cotton Patch Express Band on main stage
2 p.m. — Corn Hole Tournament
4:30 p.m. — Little Miss Shrimp Contest
6 p.m. — The Cache River Band on main stage
10 p.m. — Festival closes
For more information see the Golconda Main Street Web site at http://www.mainstreetgolconda.org/