A “Shrimp Festival” may sound like a crazy celebration in a quaint river town in Southern Illinois but it is one you DO NOT want to miss! No, you won’t find shrimp in the Ohio River, but what we do have are local and sustainably farmed shrimp (prawn) from Tanglefoot Ranch and lots of other festivities to enjoy.

Grover Webb, a native Pope County farmer with a thirst for pushing the norm, started the first Illinois shrimp farm in 2000. In 2001 Grover and Main Street Golconda partnered in an effort to promote Golconda and our county also while celebrating this unique farming venture.

At Shrimp Festival-

Food is priority. Come enjoy the streets lined with vendors serving a wide variety of shrimp dishes sure to satisfy every shrimp lover’s appetite. Plus, we have much more than just shrimp to eat. You can also find award- winning BBQ along with corndogs, funnel cakes, and much more.

Beverages Check out our beer and wine tent for a variety of beers and local wines.

Entertainment is a must at any festival. We have had a variety of bands over the years from country, and bluegrass to rock and folk.

Events Corn Hole Tournament, new in 2014 a lip sync competition and much more.

For the kids we have had inflatables, dunking booths, face painting, and petting zoos.

Shopping check out the Farmer’s Market starting at 8am and then stroll through the courtyard for a wide variety of arts and crafts vendors. Don’t forget the local shops in town too.

Activities Helicopter rides and Horse and Carriage rides always make wonderful memories and give a tremendous view of the town. Walk down Main Street toward the river and stop by the City Museum rich with local history. From the levee you can cross Lusk Creek on the footbridge to the Oasis on the Ohio marina.

Golconda Shrimp Festival is always the third Saturday in September. More event info can be found here.

Vendors interested in participating can find forms and information here.