St. Paul's Seafood Festival continues to grow

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Festival goers summed up this year's St. Paul's seafood festival in a few, short words.

"It's fun!" says Kevin Treningo of Pass Christian.

"I just love it," says Jimalene Guarino of D'Iberville.

This year, there was more to enjoy because there were more vendors at the festival, vendors like Anna Riley and her husband Theodore. They own Riley's Gifts and More, Incorporated.

"We offer marinated garlics. There are eight different flavors. You can literally eat it as a snack on cream cheese with crackers. It doesn't stay on your breath, and it doesn't come through your pores," says Anna Riley.

Their stand also featured other food specialty items like sweet potato butter which Riley says tastes like sweet potato pie in a jar.

Along with new vendors came new visitors to the seafood festival. Shirley Payne and her husband moved down from Maryland a month ago.

"We're still like getting familiar with the area. So we saw the seafood festival, and said, 'Let's go,'" says Shirley Payne of Pass Christian.

The day included plenty of rides and games. The rides will continue through Sunday, but unlike past years food and crafts vendors are packing up Saturday night. Organizers say it's a little too much to handle along with the rides for four days.

With their first seafood festival coming to an end, the Rileys had this to say about their experience.

"I've been very impressed with the number of people they've drawn in," Riley says. "And yes, we're coming back."

The festival continues Sunday off East Beach Boulevard in Pass Christian at the site of the former St. Paul Catholic Church, but there will be no seafood or crafts. It's the 33rd year for the event.

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