The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s Shrimp Festival Committee, which consists of more than 80 volunteers, has resumed its meeting calendar to restart plans for the 2021 Shrimp Fest, which is slated for Oct. 7-10, 2021.

"After having a better understanding of COVID-19, we can make our best effort to organize this year’s event with the consideration of safety and social distancing,” said Shrimp Festival Chairman Spencer Cade.

The 2020 Annual National Shrimp Festival, originally planned for oct. 8-11, 2020, was canceled in July to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and visitors.

VP of Special Events for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Steve Jones said, "All vendors and entertainment acts that were in place for our 2020 Festival remain in place, so we are not accepting new applications at this time, unless a significant number of vendors drop. Also, if we're forced to consider safety and health regulations, it may be necessary to reduce the number of vendors already in the queue."

The Shrimp Festival is a free, non-ticketed, and un-gated event that has been built around a family-friendly atmosphere that attracts anywhere from 100,000 to 250,000 attendees during the four days.

The Annual National Shrimp Festival has been in existence for 49 years and has grown exponentially over that time. The premise of the festival is to host food vendors, arts and crafts, retail booths, sponsor displays, and entertainment stages on a predetermined footprint.

Construction projects in the area also affect the space needed to produce the event that include but are not limited to parking, number of vendor spaces, security and music performances.

The goal is to stay in preparation mode for the 2021 National Shrimp Festival and work toward making it the best yet. Updates will be provided.

Book a beach house or condo for this long weekend as soon as possible, as properties, especially those nearest the festival site at the main Gulf Shores Public Beach area, fill quickly.