Long Beach Razor Clam Festival
WHAT: The festival began in the 1940s, but eventually died out. Revived in 2013, the festival shares the ins and outs of digging for razor clams while celebrating the tradition of clam digging.
WHEN: April 18-19.
WHERE: Ilwaco and Long Beach.
NEW EVENTS: There will be a “How to Clean Your Razor Clams” lecture and demonstration from 9-10 a.m. April 18 and 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 19 at the Port of Ilwaco Pavilion. An amateur chowder tasting competition will take place from 11 a.m.-noon April 18 at the Long Beach Elks. Twelve entrants will compete for the title.
CLAM FRITTER COOKOFF: Back this year will be the World’s Largest Fry Pan Clam Fritter Cookoff. The event will take place at Veterans Memorial Park in Long Beach at 4 p.m. April 18. Ilwaco High School Culinary Arts Program students will prepare their own recipes in an 8-foot diameter, 500-pound frying pan. Samples will be shared with spectators while they last
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: There will be free razor clam digging lessons offered by local professionals. You must sign up online. There will be contests for the biggest clam dug, the best looking limit, guessing the number of clams in the tank at the Dennis Company. There also will be a chowder taste off involving local chefs.
DIG FOR CLAMS: The state has tentatively scheduled a razor clam dig to coincide with the festival. If clams are safe to eat, visitors can dig along most of the Long Beach Peninsula. Digging is best one or two hours before low tide, which will be at 6:59 a.m. April 18 and 7:48 a.m. April 19. A license is required for adults to dig clams.
COST: Many events are free, but there is a cost for others. Check the website for details.