Yes, there is Illinois shrimp!
Whether you call them shrimp or prawns, by any name one of Southern Illinois’ hidden gems is its shrimp industry. The variety of shrimp raised in Southern Illinois is Freshwater Prawn. Grover Webb, who raises freshwater prawns at his farm near Golconda, said the locally grown variety are fresher, healthier and taste better than wild shrimp.
Main Street Golconda will host the annual Shrimp Festival September 17, 2011. The day begins at 7:00 am with the Farmers Market. Lots of fresh local produce and a large assortment of craft and novelty vendors set up on the Pope County Court House lawn. At 10:00 am the Helicopter Rides, Buggy Rides and inflatable games for the younger set began. All of our major food vendors are required to have at least 1 domestic shrimp dish. However you will find a vast assortment of food available from fajitas to alligator on a stick and the reason for this event, locally grown prawn will be sold. Beer and Wine garden opens at 10:00 am with a selection of Southern Illinois Wine Trail wines for your tasting and purchasing pleasure.
Musical entertainment begins at noon with Southern Illinois own Travis Pearcy & Friends. Then at 3:00 pm the Little Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant will be held on the Court House Lawn. Head 1st will be playing on the stage at 3:30 pm. Followed at 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm by Lew Jetton & 61 South a local blues favorite.