Scallop Festival Ends Today

scallops01FALMOUTH – The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Scallop Festival this weekend. The festival has a new location this year as well as other new features.

Over 6,000 pounds of scallops are served at the festival which brings out families from all over the region.

The Fest takes place the third weekend after Labor Day, September 19, 20, 21, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

This year the festival will be located at Cape Cod Fairgrounds at 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151) in East Falmouth.

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scallops02The highlight of the festival, the fried scallops and herb-roasted chicken dinners, will remain unchanged.

The Fest was recognized for the fourth year in a row as a “Top 100 Event in North America” by the American Bus Association.

Folks from up and down the Eastern seaboard and throughout the country make the Fest an annual destination, according to Canal Chamber President and CEO Marie Oliva.

Among the new features this year is the 215th Army Band will perform Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. on the Main Stage.

Also, Mary Poppins will make a special appearance starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday and GQ and the Lady will perform Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on the Main Stage.

Also new this year are local vendors Big Rock Oyster Company, Captain Parker’s Chowder and The Chocolate Café.

scallops03There will also be fall exhibits, such as the Beekeeper’s Association, Master Gardeners, and an Organic Farm.

Friday night only, on September 19, Rockwell Amusement is holding Wrist Band Night.   Families can purchase wristbands at $22 per person and ride all the rides from 3 to close at 10 p.m.

Oliva said, “This isn’t your average festival. The entire Upper Cape community has always had a big stake in the event, helping to make sure the Fest is superbly organized and enjoyable.  Over 500 volunteers help man the Fest, of which they receive a T-shirt and FREE admission into the Fest. It’s the type of event that truly brings everyone together for a great time.  And the economic stimulus for the region is an added plus.”

Besides scallops, the Food Court offers hamburgers, hot dogs, raw bar, lobster rolls, chowder, salads and wraps, desserts, and much more. Beer and wine is also available.

General Admission is $6 and children 6 to 12 are $2 and children 5 and under are admitted free.  Free parking is available.

The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber is a not-for-profit corporation that raises funds to help the community in various ways.  Proceeds from the Scallop Fest help fund the Chamber’s scholarship program for four area high schools, donations to three local food pantries and contributions to the operation of two visitor centers that service the traveling public.