Blue Crab Festival

Little River, SC 29566

What began in 1981 as a small waterfront gathering, the now 'World Famous' Blue Crab Festival has grown into a premier event that draws visitors from all over the Country. When the Blue Crab Festival began, its main goal was to bring visitors to the historic waterfront in support of the local restaurants, businesses, accommodations and entire community as a whole. A few vendors, eager to be a part of the new event, set up under the mossy strewn live oak trees... and a festival was born. Later, music and entertainment, a bevy of food displaying the areas traditional seafood specialties and unique arts & crafts were added... and here we are, more than thirty years later. This year's festival organizers expect over 50,000 people to attend our fun filled, two day festivities.

The Festival's success is mirrored by Little River's incessant growth ... as one has definitely influenced the other ... and continues to do so. A dedicated and hard working Committee, consisting of Waterfront and community business owners, local residents and festival/event specialists, have come together to expand the festival and make sure the celebration reflects the Festival's proud origin. In addition to the fabulous 2 day Festival, the event has an annual Beauty Pageant that boasts over 50 contestants and an annual 5-K run held along the beautiful the waterfront. All of these events were designed to expand the festival audience and create a family fun event, exposing the many assets of the Little River community and surrounding areas to its residents and visitors. Additionally, the Festival brings the community together, working as one, to enhance and support each other in a common goal of individual pride and success. By exposing members of the community to the Festival and its unique goals, thankfully, the volunteer pool continues to grow... and business and organizations continue to increase their support and sponsorships.

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