By Brittany Racca
At the Delcambre Shrimp Festival, you will experience a shrimp cookoff, queens' pageants, fais-do-do's, carnival rides, blessing of the shrimp fleet, food court and much more. Located about 20 miles southwest of Lafayette, the town devotes an entire weekend to honor the shrimping industry, its economic lifeblood.
The 64th Shrimp Festival Queen is Camille Delcambre!
This year's festival will be celebrating 63 years of shrimping and will take place Aug. 13-17, on the grounds of the Delcambre Shrimp Festival Building off Hwy. 14. Admission is free except for Friday and Saturday. At the shrimp cookoff, you can sample boiled shrimp in Delcambre, fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp sauce piquante, baked shrimp, bacon-wrapped shrimp and coconut shrimp, among others.
The entertainment lineup this year includes DJ Homer Stelly on Wednesday and Thursday; Kyle Wooten, Frank Foster and Wayne Toups on Friday; Krossfyre, Beau Young, Jamie Bergeron and Tracy Lawrence on Saturday; and TK Hulin & Smoke with Willie T, Warren Storm and GG Shin on Sunday.
On Sun. Aug. 17, attend the 10 a.m. Fisherman's Mass at the Shrimp Festival Building, followed by the traditional and one of a kind "Blessing of the Fleet."
"Always the third full weekend in August, the Delcambre Shrimp Festival is all about trendy crafts, excellent music, impressive food, great friends, and a fantastic time," said event planner Tammy Trim.
Recently, the Delcambre Shrimp Festival has become a staple as one of the South's best in AAA Southern Traveler.
In the July/August 2014 issue, the festival was named a "Travel Treasure" for its different shrimp preparation styles during the annual festival, as well as its appeal to typical AAA members.
The festival is a great event to take your family to, and with a little something for everyone, this will be one experience you won't forget.
For more information, or a complete list of all activities, check out the festival's website.