Clam Fest gets digging this weekend

A visiting family partakes of clam-digging lessons during the 2015 Razor Clam Festival.

LONG BEACH — The annual Razor Clam Festival will take place on April 9 and 10 in downtown Long Beach.

This year, the festival will offer clam-digging lessons, competitions, tastings, cook-offs, singing mermaids and more.

“Long Beach ranks among the best places to dig for razor clams due to the vast digging area, easy beach access, the slope of the beach and other favorable conditions,” Randy Dennis, festival organizer said in a press release.

Local professionals will teach newbies how to dig for clams starting at 7 a.m. on April 9, and at 7:45 a.m. on April 10. There will also be clam-cleaning lessons, starting at 9 a.m. on April 9, and at 9:30 a.m. on April 10.

To participate, register at tinyurl.com/ClammingLessons. Please check in at the Bolstad Beach Approach pavilion, 15 minutes prior to start time.

Other festival events on April 9 include:

• Clam contests; 8 a.m. to noon, at Dennis Company. Clam-digging tool manufacturers will offer free samples and prize drawings.

• Season preview of Saturday Market; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Port of Ilwaco.

• Amateur chowder competition; 11 a.m. to noon, at the Long Beach Elks.

• The Oregon Mermaids; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Long Beach Train Depot

• Clam chowder taste-off; 1-3 p.m., at Long Beach Elks

• Clam fritter cook-off; 3-5 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park

• North Jetty Beer Garden; 3-6 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park.

For additional information about clamming, call Dennis Company at642-3166, or visit tinyurl.com/WARazorClams.

For lodging and destination information, call Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at (360)642-2400, or visit www.funbeach.com.

For more details about the festival, visit funbeach.com/press/razorclamfest2016.

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