Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

521 Cedar Street
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

912-756-3444

About Us

The Seafood Festival began in 1985 at the Kilkenny Fisherman's Co-op as a small, community fair that offered local seafood and a venue for local non-profit agencies to fundraise for their organizations. In the beginning, the founders of the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival were all volunteers, and very few in numbers. What they produced was a fun, family-oriented event, that also showed Richmond Hill as a great place to live.

In 1998, then-Mayor Richard Davis approached the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce to bring the seafood festival to Richmond Hill. J. F. Gregory Park had just been built, and was basically just a large tract of land with a road circling around it. Linda Barker was Festival Chairperson at the time, and remained in that capacity for three years. This was a new event and they really didn't know what to expect. The event featured live music and seafood vendors and drew people from outside the city. The headline entertainment was The O'Kaysions, and approximately 8,500 people turned out for the festivities. Over the next few years, changes were made to include a carnival, Saturday events and nationally known musical acts.

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