One of the events we always have on our calendar in July is the Yarmouth Clam Festival, and this year (2012) marks it’s 47th year! The festival has a little of everything; a carnival with rides, great food, local artists, and a number of contests and events.
We usually get there before lunch, pay the $5 at a local parking lot, and head right to the food area. According to the clam festival’s website:
More than 6,000 pounds of clams, 13,500 Lime Rickeys, 6,000 lobster rolls, 2,200 pancake breakfasts, 1,500 shore dinners, 400 homemade pies, and 6,000 strawberry shortcakes are expected to be consumed at the Festival.
Yes, 6,000 pounds of clams! There are usually a few vendors that sell fried clams, and it’s just something you have to do. When in Rome…
(And for those that don’t know what a Lime Rickey is, which included me until I Google’d it, here’s a recipe.)
For the kiddos the Yarmouth Clam Festival has a carnival with plenty of rides to go on and enough cotton candy to give a diabetic nightmares. (Here’s a tip from MtM. If you go on the slide with your kids, where you sit on a burlap sack and rocket down at near terminal velocity, DO NOT let your body parts rub against the plastic sides of the slide. ‘Plastic Burn’ is worse than rug burn, and is not the greatest thing to get when you’re at a festival trying to enjoy yourself!)
Check out all of the festival’s events and activities at their website: http://www.clamfestival.com/home.php