Nosh­ing at the Seafood Fest

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

EAS­TON — No one went away hun­gry Satur­day, Aug. 26, when a crowd packed the Tuck­a­hoe Steam & Gas Show Grounds for the eighth an­nual Mid-Shore Seafood Fes­ti­val. All-you-can-eat steamed crabs, crab balls, clam strips, steamed shrimp, ham­burg­ers, hot dogs, Eastern Shore recipe fried chicken, cole slaw, corn on the cob and ice-cold wa­ter­melon kept the crowd com­ing back for more. As they ate, pa­trons were en­ter­tained with the coun­try rock sounds of the Jess McQuay Band. Food was avail­able as soon as the gates opened at noon, and by about 4 p.m., a slow line of con­tented pa­trons started to make their way home. The event was catered by Ch­e­sa­peake Seafood Cater­ers of St. Michaels. Tick­ets were sold in ad­vance, and there were only 400 avail­able. Event Chair­man David McQuay said about 275 peo­ple turned up for the feast on Satur­day. He said that though the crowd was a lit­tle smaller, beau­ti­ful weather and pleas­ant sur­round­ings pro­vided by the Tuck­a­hoe Steam & Gas As­so­ci­a­tion as­sured ev­ery­one had a good time. Mid-Shore lodges that par­tic­i­pated in­cluded Cam­bridge Lodge 66, Cen­tre­ville Lodge

180, Ch­ester Lodge 115, Chop­tank Lodge 138 in East New Mar­ket, Coats Lodge 102 in Eas­ton, Gran­ite Lodge 177 in St. Michaels, Nan­ti­coke Lodge 172 in Fed­er­als­burg and Tem­ple Lodge 128 in Den­ton.

The event is un­der­writ­ten by the Grand Ma­sonic Lodge of Mary­land.

Proceeds from the event will help pay for col­lege schol­ar­ships each lodge of­fers, with the stu­dents be­gin­ning to ap­ply in Jan­uary.

The schol­ar­ship pro­gram is run by the Grand Ma­sonic Lodge, and each spring, schol­ar­ship win­ners are treated to a gala din­ner in the Grand Lodge Ballroom in Cock­eysville when they re­ceive their schol­ar­ship checks.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

Nicholas Shaw cir­cu­lates with a tray of steamed crabs Satur­day at the 8th Mid-Shore Seafood Fes­ti­val, held at the Tuck­a­hoe Steam & Gas Show Grounds. Shaw is part of Ch­e­sa­peake Seafood Cater­ers.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS POLK

David Shaw serves up steam shrimp Satur­day at the eighth Mid-Shore Seafood Fes­ti­val, held at the Tuck­a­hoe Steam & Gas Show Grounds. Shaw is part of Ch­e­sa­peake Seafood Cater­ers.

The Jess McQuay Band en­ter­tains the crowd at the eighth an­nual Mid-Shore Seafood Fes­ti­val.

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