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St. Paul's Seafood Festival a go

By Al Showers – bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The carnival rides and games are ready, and the tents are up for the St. Paul's Annual Seafood Festival.

Chairman of the St. Paul Seafood Festival James Benigno said, "I feel confident that we're 90 percent there."

Benigno admits that confidence wasn't always there. Oil in the Gulf has some areas off limits to fishermen.

"When we first found out about the threat on the Gulf, we were a little nervous about having shrimps and oysters there," Benigno said. "But we knew we could make up for it with the fish and the crawfish."

Mike LaMarca is the owner of Pirate's Cove Restaurant in the Pass.

LaMarca said, "The oil spill has really put a scare to us not knowing what to expect."

Mike LaMarca is in charge of ordering most of the seafood for the festival about 350 pounds of shrimp and up to 175 pounds of oysters.

LaMarca said, "They are up in price which is expected. The shrimps are up. The oysters are up some what."

That means festival goers can expect to pay a little more for those delicacies, but organizers say you can't have a seafood festival without seafood.

"It's been very hectic and waiting 'til the last minute," said LaMarca. "Thank the Lord our local suppliers have come through again."

Leaders say the festival promises more vendors and live music than ever before and of course, plenty of seafood. The carnival portion of the festival is now underway.

The seafood and craft booths will be open Friday from 5:00 PM to midnight. The event continues Saturday with a 5-K run which kicks off at 8:00 AM. The festival will be open Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 6:00 PM.

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