ON THE ROAD: Long Beach Clam Festival

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 21, 2013 

LONG BEACH CLAM FESTIVAL

What: The Long Beach community is bringing back the celebration of razor clams that ran from 1940-1948 and became famous because of the giant frying pan used to promote the festival throughout the region.

When: April 27-28.

Where: Long Beach.

Digging competition: This will take place during an early morning clam tide Saturday. For those who choose to show off their clams at the Dennis Co., there will be prizes of a $100 Dennis Co. gift card for the biggest clam dug, a stainless steel clam gun for the best-looking limit and a $50 Dennis Co. gift card for guessing the correct number of clams in a tank.

Chowder cookoff: Chefs representing at least eight peninsula restaurants will participate in the Saturday event at the Long Beach Elk’s Lodge. The public is invited to stop in, purchase tastes and vote on their favorite clam chowder. Throughout the weekend, chefs also will be featuring razor clam selections on restaurant menus and posting favorite recipes on the festival website.

Digging lessons: For those who have not tried their hand at digging razor clams, there will be free digging lessons will be offered at 7 a.m. each day. Register at the festival website.

Other activities: There will be street entertainers, a clam gun decoration contest, face painting and vendors.

CLAM DIG: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled a dig to coincide with the event. The dig will take place: Wednesday, 6:10 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors; Thursday, 6:54 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors; Friday, 7:38 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; Saturday, 8:24 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; April 28, 9:11 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; April 29, 10:01 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; and April 30, 10:55 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors. See Page E4 fror details.

Cost: The event is free. You need a license to dig for clams.

Information: Go to longbeachrazorclamfestival.com.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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