These are my top three things* to bring with me while I head down to Ocean Shores, Washington for the 4th Annual Razor Clam Festival for this weekend!
The weekend starts off with me hosting a VIP cocktail party at 5:00 pm on Friday March 26th at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino, followed by the Family Dinner and Coronation Ball (dinner & dance) featuring the crowning of 2010’s King & Queen Clam, at the Ocean Shores Shilo Inn.
This Saturday March 27th from 10:00 – 6:00 pm, I will be the host and emcee for the day’s events at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, including the Clam Chowder Cook-Off. The Chowder Cook-off has two divisions, Amateur and Restaurant Chef, and offers a year’s worth of bragging rights. I can’t wait to try out all the tasty chowder entries – last year it was a tough competition!
For only $2 (kids under 12 get in free), you can enjoy a fabulous day filled with lots of great clam-tastic events and fun activities for the entire family.
A Firefighters’ All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast will precede clam fest activities from 7:00 – 9:45 am. For $5, you get your fill of pancakes – but also get to mingle with the hot firefighters flexing their muscles serving breakfast! Zowie!
Events will also include live music all day long, an Artisans’ marketplace featuring northwest artists, contests for the best decorated clam shovel & clam gun (one of my favorites of the event!) and a Kids Zone with lots of face painting, balloons and a visit from the Ocean Shores Pirates. And of course there is lots of great food, Bloody Mary’s (I hope they are there again!) and many a clam chowder to sample!
Keep your fingers crossed …there is also a clam dig scheduled for this year, (pending final approval from Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife). Saturday, March 27, (5:19 p.m., -0.1) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch (check the site for Friday and Sunday digs!)
I’m looking forward to a great weekend of good old fashioned small town fun!
I hope to see you there!
*Other items that I plan on bringing with me: fishing gloves (you’ll thank me later!), clamming nets to hold in our bounty of clams, flashlights, a hat to keep my head warm and to keep me dry if it rains, rain gear, and LOTS of warm clothes. Don’t forget the snacks for the drive to and back from Ocean Shores (3 hours south of Seattle!).