Every April, Washington State's Long Beach Peninsula hosts the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival // (c) 2013 LDELD / Flickr.com
Every April, Washington State's Long Beach Peninsula hosts the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival // (c) 2013 LDELD / Flickr.com

Digging for clams is a popular activity on Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula, that dates back many decades. In 1940, the people of Long Beach organized the area’s first Clam Festival. Visitors flocked to the area to dig their own clams, taste the local clam chowder and to sample the World’s Largest Clam Fritter, which was made in the World’s Largest Frying Pan. The fritter was created from 200 pounds of razor clams, nearly 250 eggs and 20 pounds of flour.

Every April, Washington State's Long Beach Peninsula hosts the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival // (c) 2013 LDELD / Flickr.com
Every April, Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula hosts the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival // (c) 2013 LDELD / Flickr.com

With the decline of the razor clam population, however, the festival stopped being a draw and eventually petered out some 50 years ago. Last year, locally owned hardware and home improvement store, the Dennis Company spearheaded the return of the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, which today highlights local restaurants, artists, and entertainers,

Long Beach Razor Clam Festival Events

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Although the original “World’s Largest Frying Pan” fell into disrepair, a shiny, new replica will be used for this year’s clam fritter cook-off. Organized by students of the Ilwaco High School Culinary Arts Program, the event will be judged by four celebrity chefs from Seattle.

Chowder Taste-Off  

Local restaurants will compete in a People’s Choice competition to determine the Best Chowder. A $7.50 entry feel includes a beverage and tastings of all entrants.

Clam Digging Contest

Clam diggers can bring their entire bounty (up to the allotted limit) to the Dennis Company store, where representatives from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will award prizes for the biggest clam dug and the best looking limit. Visitors can also try their luck at guessing the number of  clams in the guessing tank.

Other festival events include Razor Clam digging lessons, local entertainment–including the Dennis Company mascot, Dennis Duck in clamming gear–as well as local vendors hawking their merchandise.

Location
Long Beach, Washington

Dates
April 19-20, 2014

Long Beach Razor Clam Festival
www.longbeachrazorclamfestival.com