Yemassee Shrimp Fest Challenges Attendees to Seek, Cook and Eat

Phu Thinh Co

Phu Thinh Co

Among the most popular shrimp-related Google search terms in the Charleston area are “shrimp and grits”, “shrimp pasta”, “shrimp sauce” and “fried shrimp,” which may help explain why the American Heart Association is partnering with the Yemassee Shrimp Festival to host a scavenger hunt with a cardiovascular component.

HeartChase is the newest addition to the weeklong celebration, which kicks off next Saturday with a beauty pageant. The American Heart Association (AHA) describes the event, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m., as a meld of The Amazing Race and Minute-To-Win-It-style challenges. According to the AHA website, the competition “provides a fun, new way to promote healthy living.”

Less-healthy activities planned for the festival, which annually draws 7000-8000 people, include a shrimp cook-off, shrimp concessions and a shrimp-eating contest.

“People need to come hungry so they eat a lot,” organizer Paula Hagan advises.

The complete schedule, including location information, is here.