Got seafood? Well, I certainly got my belly full at the 70th Abingdon Ruritan Club Seafood Festival. The twice a year local event in Bena is always a crowd pleaser, and this one surely did not disappoint. On a side note, I like to refer to Bena as the “Gateway to Guinea!” I usually get a few laughs from some of the locals when I say that.
I have volunteered at the Virginia Country Real Estate beer booth for the last few years’ festivals and didn’t make it out of the booth. This spring, however, Jeff and I purchased tickets and enjoyed the afternoon and evening as festival goers. It’s one of those days when I make sure to eat very little if anything before the gates open so I can enjoy all of the deliciousness offered. I have my favorites, and they include the fried oysters, fried scallops, steamed shrimp and the coveted clam chowder. One can also find steamed oysters, oysters on the half shell, steamed crabs, clam fritters, fried fish, hush puppies, bbq, cake and ice cream. The beer and alcohol start to flow after the singing of the national anthem at 3:00 pm and continues until the last pour at 7:30 p.m. While I’m not a beer drinker, I do enjoy the Guinea Gotchas mixed drinks, and the jello shots were also a nice addition this spring. It’s always fun to see friends from childhood and new ones too while walking around the grounds.
The $50 ticket price covers all of your food and drinks, and of course, the Ruritan Club is a service organization that does a lot of good work in our community. Bottom line: it is a good bang for your buck if you like seafood. Mark your calendars as the festival is held on the third Wednesday in October and May and attracts people from both near and far, but you will need to secure your ticket prior to the event. The gate opens at 2:00 p.m. and the festival runs from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Will I run into you at the October festival?