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All systems are go
Seafood Festival gets rolling Friday; organizers hope it will be best yet
The GOSF committee meets Monday.

Organizers of the 11th Annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival say things are running smoothly and preparations are in full swing for the big event.

An estimated 35,000 people are expected to flock to J.F. Gregory Park for the three-day celebration from Oct. 16-18.

The festival kicks off Friday evening, and the events are lined up one after another through Sunday, providing a jam-packed weekend that offers something for everyone.

"We’re ready," said Chamber of Commerce Chairman Janet Thayer. "Everything is on track and we’re working the final details now."

Thayer said forecasters are projecting "perfect festival weather" in the high 60s.

val weather" in the high 60s. Organizers are hopeful that will stay on track.

As with past years, attendees should prepare to be treated to great food, great music, arts and crafts, local business vendors, classic cars and a carnival for all ages. Dozens of food booths, arts and crafts booths and business booths will outline the park as well.

Ronald McDonald and Geechee the Shrimp, a volunteer dressed in, yes, you guessed it - a shrimp costume, will be ever present throughout the weekend. Stuffed Geechee dolls will be available for purchase as well as other official merchandise, such as T-shirts and baseball caps.

The music headliners this year are Lou Gramm and John Waite. Waite will hit the stage Saturday at 8 p.m. and Gramm will follow at 9 p.m. The ever-popular Swingin’ Medallions will headline Friday night.

There is no parking inside the park, but shuttles will be running. Thayer said designated parking areas will clearly marked.

-Read more in the Bryan County News.

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