Orleans Chamber to Host ClamBQ at Eldredge Park

ClamBQORLEANS – The summer season has ended but a summer-type festival will be held next Saturday in Orleans.

The Orleans Chamber of Commerce will hold its 4th Annual ClamBQ, The Orleans Food and Music Festival.

The event will feature food from area restaurants, music and events for kids.

Erik Oliver, chairman of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said, “We wanted to have a food and music festival that would sort of celebrate the end of the season for the locals and have something to offer for people that maybe wouldn’t plan on being in Orleans at the end of September.”

Oliver said the event tries to bring more visitors into town to try to help businesses during another weekend.

“Hopefully, [they’ll] discover the great shopping opportunities and as well as all the excellent restaurants after the event,” Oliver said.

The festival has outgrown its original venue, Odd Fellow’s Hall, and will be held at Eldredge Park from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We invite area restaurants to come. We have three local bands playing that day and it’s a really fun time,” said Orleans Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Noelle Pina. “People are there from usually mid-day until 5 or 6 o’clock and they enjoy themselves the entire time they are there.”

The festival will feature a traditional clambake dinner with steamers, lobster, corn and potatoes and pulled pork sandwiches will be served by Big Dog’s BBQ, at the Orleans Bowling Center.

A food court will also feature dishes from other local restaurants and beer and wine will be available in the Cisco Brewery Beer and Wine Garden.

Music is also a staple of the ClamBQ and will include performances by Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys, The Rip It Ups and The Chandler Travis Philharmonic.

There will also be free kid’s activities including hay rides, face painting, inflatable games, crafts and corn hole.

The event will also feature a craft show for the first time showcasing pottery, jewelry, glassware, and other handcrafted items.

General admission tickets are $10, food and drinks not included, and children 12 years of age and younger get in free.

Clambake dinner tickets are $35 and BBQ dinner tickets are $25 and both include general admission into the festival.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at clambq.com or at the Orleans Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

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