Tuesday, October 17, 2006

From the Mobile Register Newspaper

"35th annual National Shrimp Festival set a record for highest attendance, said Michelle Brown, special events director for the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event. Last year, about 300,000 people attended the festival, Brown said.

"We have clearly passed that number," Brown said Sunday, ...Retail and beer sales were also up over the 2005 event, Brown said.

Tim Neilson, bass player for the Southern rock band Drivin' N' Cryin' that played at the event Saturday night, said the setting was ideal for their taste.

The highlight for Neilson was the crowd's response to one of the Georgia bands more popular tunes "Fly Me Courageous," he said.

"It was great. It was an awesome crowd, perfect weather," Neilson said. "We would love to come back next year."

Jean McKee, a Spanish Fort artist who was selling her acrylic paintings on canvas, said sales were strong, but it was the surroundings that highlighted her experience.

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