LONG BEACH and OCEAN PARK — The long Easter weekend, sunny skies and the annual Razor Clam Festival with two days of digging promise to combine for a spectacular weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula.
With this in mind, look below for photos we've taken of the fun at recent festivals.
This weekend's event
A two-day razor clam dig has been approved on the Long Beach Peninsula this weekend, April 20 and 21, just in time for the annual Razor Clam Festival.
The dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and low tides:
• April 20, Saturday, 7:58 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis;
• April 21, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• April 22, Monday, 9:25 a.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
“This is a weekend opening that should not be missed,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “The Long Beach Razor Clam festival on Saturday (http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com), features clam digging and chowder contests, clam digging lessons, and live music — even pirates and mermaids making an occasional appearance.”
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Castletown performed at the Long Beach band shell.
State Sen. Dean Takko prepares to partake of another clam fritter.
Oregon Mermaids Association members Collette Remsen-Harvey and Ayala Kyna introduce a young visitor to the joys of “mermaidhood” at the Razor Clam Festival.
Sean Moretz of the Crab Pot Seafood Market & Restaurant in Long Beach “did an excellent job as our clam cleaning demonstrator both days,” festival organizer Randy Dennis said.
A girl casts her vote during the clam chowder competition Sunday at the Elks Lodge in Long Beach. The top finishers were awarded wooden razor clam trophies, pictured on right.
Chefs shared samples of razor clam fritter with the crowd Sunday during the Razor Clam Festival in Long Beach.
Two days of clamming have been tentatively approved to coincide with Long Beach’s Razoe Clam Festival in late April.
Wei Chen and Alexander Vollmer, 8, swayed to the live music at Veterans Field during the Razor Clam Festival in Long Beach.
“Anything that starts with a pound of bacon is going to be good,” said Kevin Prather as he was mobbed by friends and family after winning the amateur chowder contest. Prather used local clams he caught near Oysterville for his award-winning chowder.
A surge in foot traffic Saturday from the festival and clam tides brought brisk business to downtown Long beach.
Thousands of people came to the Peninsula over the weekend to dig razor clams.
Kristin White was among the entries in the razor clam contest held at Dennis Company. “I was real close to winning the biggest clam — I was off by a tenth of an inch,” she said.
All eyes were on the smallest clam contest competition Saturday at Dennis Company.
Troutdale resident Cliff Nelson was among the thousands that descended on Long Beach over the weekend. “This was our first trip down here since July,” said Nelson, who dug his first clam moments after arriving. “We're already looking forward to coming again.”
Thousands of clammers packed beaches along the Peninsula over the weekend.
A line snaked around the corner of the Long Beach Elks Lodge on Saturday in anticipation of the chowder contest.
Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips was a part of the fun, flipping clam fritters for the enormous crowd at the clam fest.