Noshing at the Seafood Fest
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.
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.
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.