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Little River chamber cancels Blue Crab, ShrimpFest event

By Izzy West

“Due to the continued uncertainty that surrounds the COVID-19 pandemic, the Little River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has chosen to cancel the World Famous Blue Crab Festival that was combined with the Little River ShrimpFest scheduled for October 10-11, 2020,” says Jennifer Walters, president /CEO of the Little River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.

“We have continuously monitored the guidance of local, state and national officials and agencies and researched all viable options. There is just too much ambiguity to try to plan and execute a successful event for October.”

The decision did not come lightly to the staff and board of directors of the chamber. The health and safety of the community, festival vendors, sponsors and patrons is their top priority.

“The World Famous Blue Crab Festival and the Little River ShrimpFest belong to Little River and we felt that the health of our community is too valuable to risk by hosting a large community event in the midst of this health crisis. It is emotionally painful and financially challenging,” says Walters. Both chamber festivals contribute $4.25 million in economic impact to Horry County.

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