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POSTED: October 13, 2010 1:07 p.m.
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Sabrina and Matt Goins hang prizes in a game booth Tuesday in preparation for the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival.

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The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival continues to build on its tradition of serving up mouthwatering seafood and a veritable smorgasbord of fun. A celebrated and much-anticipated event, the festival is now in its 12th year and promises to be a highlight of 2010.
Richmond Hill will once again play host Friday-Sunday to the biggest seafood festival in the state, conveniently taking place in the city’s J.F. Gregory Park.
“Just about anything your heart desires as far as seafood will be there,” said festival chairman Mike Sisco. More than 30 food vendors will prepare everything from gator to crab stew to good old Lowcountry boil.
Although seafood is the main culinary attraction, there will be plenty of delicious things to choose from – hot dogs, turkey legs, barbeque dishes and more – to please any palate. “And of course, nobody can touch the Boy Scouts’ peach cobbler,” said Bonnie Proctor, secretary of the festival committee. “That was the people’s choice last year.”
In addition to plates piled high with fresh seafood and other tasty traditional Southern foods, visitors will be treated to booths of vendors selling handmade jewelry, crafts, pottery and original paintings. There will be rows of pristine classic cars parked for viewing during the annual Open Vehicle Show, a carnival, and, of course, plenty of down home Southern hospitality. The Crab Crawl, a 5K run that made its festival debut last year, will return for 2010 and begin at 5 p.m. Friday.
Live entertainment is always a big part of what makes the festival so special and exciting. Headlining the event this year is Little River Band, who will take the stage on Saturday night. Other featured acts in the non-stop weekend lineup will include The Root Doctors, 8 Mile Bend and plenty of local musical and dance groups.
Last year’s event was punctuated by rain, but saw more than 30,000 attendees over the three-day span. Record numbers are expected for 2010.
“This year, we’re looking forward to good weather and a great festival … for people to come out, have a lot of fun and enjoy the community, great food, great entertainment and a great weekend,” said Kittie Franklin, executive director of the Richmond Hill/Bryan County (RHBC) Chamber of Commerce.
Sisco has said in previous years that the whole festival committee looks forward to the special needs carnival that precedes the public opening of the festival on Friday.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kissel Carnivals will open the midway early for children with special needs, with lower noise levels and slower paces on the rides. Free lunch and live entertainment will be provided for their enjoyment as well. During regular festival hours, there will be carnival tickets available, including unlimited ride options.
Regular festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Events will take place rain or shine.
For more information about the 12th annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, visit www.goseafoodfestival.com or contact the RHBC Chamber of Commerce at (912) 756-3444.
 

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