The 39th annual Biloxi Seafood Festival took place today just on a smaller scale.
The festival is typically a two-day event with vendors, music, and fresh seafood. However, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the 39th annual Biloxi Seafood Festival was consolidated to one big fish and shrimp fry drive-thru.
Starting at 10 a.m. this morning, the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce and festival volunteers were frying 350 pounds fish and 450 pounds shrimp for all those who stopped by. Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Board President Sam Burke said about 600 plates were sold by 2:30 this afternoon, something he’s still astounded by. “I shouldn’t be shocked. I’m born and raised here in Biloxi and I know that the community believes in our seafood industry and of course what the Chamber does for the small businesses and this is our largest fundraiser. So, we’re taking a majority of the funds we make in this event and we’re putting it right back into small business grants. And so to have people coming through and two and three and four and five, ten, twelve boxes at a time, I want them to know that it’s going to go straight to our program and work and straight back into the community. I’m just appreciative.”