Chincoteague Seafood Festival begins its next 50 years

Chincoteague Seafood FestivalThe 51st Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival will be celebrated on May 4 at Tom’s Cove Park Campground. The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event and encourages everyone to purchase tickets soon as the event is almost sold out.

Tickets are $45 each and may be purchased at the chamber office at 6733 Maddox Boulevard Chincoteague, online at or by phone at 757-336-6161.

Front Page News band from Salisbury will entertain from Noon to 4 p.m. Feast on “Little Neck” steamed clams from Chincoteague waters. Other delicious menu items include clam chowder, steamed shrimp, single fried oysters, fried fish, clam fritters, clam strips, grilled chicken by Tyson Foods, raw bar of oysters and clams, full salad bar, sweet potato fries, Boardwalk fries, hushpuppies, cornbread and soft drinks. Beer is sold separately. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. with appetizers available at 11:00 a.m. Seafood items will be served beginning at noon. An Extravaganza of prizes will be given away to one lucky ticket holder at 4 p.m. so be sure to buy plenty of tickets during the day! Commemorative glass beer mugs will be available again this year as a keepsake of the memorable day.

The chamber is happy to welcome these 2019 “Friends of the Festival”: Capt. Zack’s Seafood Carryouts, Don’s Seafood Restaurant, Island Creamery, Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC, and Watson Gas. Festival sponsors are Derrickson Construction; Goldsborough’s Marine; LJT & Associates Inc; Tyson Foods; Hawbaker’s Welding & Fabrication; Movement Mortgage; Rustic & Rescued Antiques; The Ugly Oyster Company; Virginia Tourism Corporation; A&N Title & Settlement Company LLC; Chesapeake Outdoor LLC; Comfort Suites; Moore’s Portable Solutions; Dockside Properties; Ginsberg, Nottingham & Mapp; McDonald’s -Baxter Enterprises; Mister Whippy; Ray’s Shanty; Taylor Bank; Union Bank & Trust.

Hospitality vendors include Bath Fitter; Brackish Life; Chincoteague Island House of Jerky; Chincoteague Island KOA; Maui Jack’s Waterpark; GSB Media, Island Queen Apiary, Mudboy Guitar Works, LuLaRoe by Cindy Jo.

Arts & Crafts vendors include Blue Crab Treasures, Classy Hipsy, Crystal Fairy, Bead-A-Licious, Everything that Glitters, Fahnestock Hairclips, Howl Naturale, Kathy Stuart, Lauri Fisher, Recycled Beauty, Secrets of the Universe, and Tom Tobin Photography.

After the Festival, enjoy ArtSea sponsored by the Museum of Chincoteague Island, 7125 Maddox Blvd. ( beginning at 5:00 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the museum featuring 5×5 artwork and delicious snacks. It’s a full day of fun in Chincoteague Island.

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