Razor Clam Festival expands to two days

The Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival & Seafood Extravaganza will expand to cover two days this year, Saturday and Sunday March 23-24.

The seventh annual event presented by the Ocean Shores/North Beach, Chamber of Commerce will continue the many popular traditions such as voting for the People’s Choice Award for best chowder on the Washington coast. You can purchase a ballot that allows you to taste all of the professional chowders and vote for your favorite.

The festival kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Craft vendors open at 9 a.m. and food vendors open no later than 10:30. Admission to the festival is $3 per person/per day or $5 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

The festival promotes seafood on the North Beach and the importance of the natural resource to local social and economic welfare. It also encourages local restaurants to participate in cooking competitions.

Throughout the weekend, there will be a variety of events for entertainment. Professional and amateur (adult and junior) cook-offs will be judged by a variety of professionals from around the Northwest.

The “Creative Clam Entrée” competition is always a popular event where chefs show off their culinary talents. This year a second competition on Sunday will include the “Creative Seafood Entrée.”

Other activities will include awarding the “Best Decorated Clam Shovel;” a salute to the businesses of Ocean Shores; the Artisan Craft Marketplace featuring over 40 Northwest artists and crafters with unique and indigenous works; children’s activities and games; entertainment; information about coastal heritage, conservation and cultural exhibits; cooking demonstrations, two adult beverage bars; and food.

Kids and family activities include the fun-loving pirates, a pirate ship, pony rides, face painting and the “Magic Hand.” If weather permits, there will also be the Big Purple Slide for kids and adults alike.

Presenting sponsors of the event are Jodesha Broadcasting and the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino.

For more information call the Ocean Shores / North Beach Chamber of Commerce at (360) 289-2451, or online at www.oceanshores.org/clams.