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19th annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival underway

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In the Lowcountry, the 19th annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival is underway at the Henry Chambers Waterfront Park. In the Lowcountry, the 19th annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival is underway at the Henry Chambers Waterfront Park.
BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

In the Lowcountry, the 19th annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival is underway at the Henry Chambers Waterfront Park.

It's been a tough season for shrimpers as weather conditions and fuel prices have affected their supply and driven prices up.

"The festival is very important because it raises awareness for the shrimping industry in Beaufort and in South Carolina, it also is great for our downtown, it gives an economic boost for the stores and restaurants down here," said LaNelle Fabian, Main Street Beaufort's Executive Director.  

Aside from enjoying the taste of fresh, local shrimp, visitors can also stop by the arts and crafts market which opened at noon Friday.

There will be live music, a 5k run Saturday morning followed by a shrimp peeling contest.

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