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Aransas Pass Shrimporee
Aransas Pass, TexasEvery year since 1948 during the second weekend of June, Aransas Pass hosts the Shimporee at Johnson Community Park. Now in its 64th year, the 2012 dates for the Shrimporee are Friday June 8th through Sunday, June 10th. Gates open at 6pm on Friday, 11am Saturday and 12pm Sunday. Daily admission is $5 for adults and children over 12, $3 for children 7 to 12, seniors over 65 and active military with id, children 6 and under are free. A 3 day pass is available for $10.
Friday night events include live music, food demonstrations, lots of food booth and vendors, with the main stage performer opening at 10pm. In addition, the Shrimporee features a carnival on all three days with rides suitable for all ages, food, and prize booths.
Saturday is a busy day.
Saturday morning kicks off at 9am with the annual Outhouse Race. The Outhouse races are a fun activity that draws teams of up to 5 people who design an outhouse for the race. Outhouses must meet certain specifications and at least one team member must be riding in it during the entire race while other team members push or pull the contraption along the race course.
The outhouse race is followed by the parade that at 10am that culminates at the festival grounds. Floats, marching bands and representatives from area groups participate in the parade,
What parade would be complete without a beauty queen? The queen of the Shrimporee parade is Miss Shrimporee. The contest for Miss Shrimporee is accepting applications until April 19th 2012. It is open to various age groups from San Partricio and Aransas Pass Districts. The exception to this is the Official Miss Shrimporee, a contest for young ladies 16 to 18 years of age from the Aransas Pass ISD only. Judging for Miss Shrimporee is on May 22nd and the winner will ride as hostess in the Shrimporee parade.
Live entertainment continues on the three stages throughout Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment features local bands, dancers of all types from belly dancers and cloggers to fire dancers, food demonstrations by top rated local chefs preparing signature shrimp dishes and the Main stage performer beginning at 10 pm.
Because the Shrimporee is focused on family fun, there are a lot of activities for young children. Young children love animals so the petting zoo and the white tiger exhibit are always popular. Other activities just for kids include a climbing wall, a kids corner, pony rides and, of course, food.
There is a parking area near the festival grounds but Aransas Pass is a small town and parking close can be a challenge during the busiest times of the festivals. To address this challenge Aransas Pass offers free, air conditioned shuttles from both the Chamber of Commerce building on Goodnight St and from the Shopping Center at 703 S. Commercial St.
Each year there is a different line up of artists and vendors. For the most up-to-date information check the Shrimporee web site. Lineups should be posted by sometime in May. To provide an idea about what might be scheduled the web site has a PDF of the previous year's program posted.
To get to the Aransas Pass Shrimporee from Port Aransas cross the shipping channel via the Ferry and follow SH 361 to South Commercial Street. Turn left onto 703 South Commercial Street, park and hop on the free shuttle to the festival. Have fun and eat lots of shrimp!
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