These are the words of long-time Pacific County-rooted businessman Randy Dennis, of Dennis Company Stores, who dreams of restoring the Long Beach Peninsula's Razor Clam Festival to its former glory.
As most locals know, when there is a clam tide, there is most definitely an influx of visitors to the area even when the weather conditions aren't as inviting. The Dennis Company team was inspired by the Ocean Shores Clam Festival, yet wanted to build on and expand the idea to fully promote one of the greatest activities that the Peninsula has to offer: Razor Clam Digging. The group wanted to take advantage of the popularity of the Razor Clam and focus on the spectacle that comes along with it. It wasn't until after brainstorming that it was discovered that Long Beach had held a Razor Clam Festival more than half a century earlier. Stories of festivals past began the resurgence that is the return of the Long Beach Washington Razor Clam Festival.
One thing many people will notice about this festival that makes it different from many others held here: The event has been designed specifically to promote one of the Peninsula's favorite causes, that of shopping locally. The Festival features many local restaurants, artists, and entertainers, uniting our community and reminding us all of the area's rich history as well as the power locals have when working together as a community. The result is something great and shows the rest of the region the Peninsula community personality that makes the Long Beach Peninsula a top destination year-round.
History of the World's Largest Frying Pan & Razor Clam Festival
The harvesting of razor clams has been a long-standing tradition on the Long Beach Peninsula for many decades and has been the draw for many visitors to come west and explore the area while collecting their bounty of Pacific Razor Clams. In 1940, Wellington Marsh, Sr., and the people of Long Beach organized the first of many Clam Festivals.
Thousands of visitors came out to the beach, dug their clams, enjoyed the delicious clam chowder, and sampled the "World's Largest Clam Fritter" that was made in the "World's Largest Frying Pan.'" In 1940, the pan used was on loan from the city of Chehalis, with Long Beach commissioning the construction of its own pan the following year.
Thursday, Jun 24, 2021 at 6:00pm Pacific Time
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Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 2:00pm Eastern Time
Monday, Jun 28, 2021 at 11:00am Eastern Time
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