Biloxi Seafood Festival's impact reaches beyond its gates

A couple dances to the music at the Biloxi Seafood Festival. (Photo source: WLOX)
A couple dances to the music at the Biloxi Seafood Festival. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Seafood Festival's return to Point Cadet was better than organizers had hoped for. While there most likely has been a hefty economic impact throughout the city, one crucial beneficiary is right next door; the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.

The timing couldn't have been better. The Seafood Industry Museum opened in early August, a little more than a month before the 33rd annual Biloxi Seafood Festival made its return to Point Cadet, the fishing industry's sacred ground.

It has been a mixture as good as gumbo.

This weekend, museum Director Robin Krohn David offered a special discount for festival goers, and the gesture wasn't lost on organizers.

"For Robin to be able to open her doors at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, of course, she's offering our patrons half price all weekend long. To tie into the Biloxi Seafood Festival, we couldn't have asked for a better match, and they've been fantastic partners to us," said Rachael Seymour, Director of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce and the event organizer.

It seems to have worked. Patrons flooded in regularly during the afternoon hours for a break from the heat and for a trip through Biloxi's history.

This was Jane Hunolt's second seafood festival and first time at the museum.

"I thought it was a nice correlation between the festival and coming to see everything at one time," said Hunolt, an Ocean Springs resident. "We wanted to come to the museum already anyway, but it sure did dovetail nicely."

The festival concluded with plenty to keep the crowd moving: clothing, children's activities, music, dancing and relaxing away from the sun and heat.

The highlight was the annual gumbo contest where patrons crowded in for a taste of Biloxi culture in a cup.

It was enough to bring back Devorah Kaiser of Biloxi.

"I love the camaraderie, the energy here, all the people, the great food and all the new venues. The new Point Cadet Plaza is outstanding. They did a great job," said Kaiser.

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