Scallop Fest attendance likely record-breaking

By Jaime Rebhan | Sep 23, 2012
Photo by: Jaime Rebhan The pirate ship at Scallop Fest provided riders with an unusual view of the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge.

By midday on Saturday, Marie Oliva of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce knew this year's Scallop Fest was on-target to break records.

"The dinners are up, there are certain products that we're running out of," said Oliva, president and CEO of the Chamber, which covers Wareham, Bourne, and Sandwich. "We've had to order more supplies!"

And at that point, the event still had Saturday evening -- which brought dozens more people through the gates at Buzzards Bay Park in Bourne to see another epic performance of popular Martha's Vineyard band, Entrain. And more entertainment and family fun was planned for Sunday.

Though organizers are still crunching the numbers, Oliva said overall attendance surpassed 55,000 people, and gross revenue is expected to be "much higher" than in the past... close to $300,000!

Wareham-based Lindsey's Family Restaurant could measure the event's success in gallons of seafood bisque. The restaurant had brought 50 gallons of the popular bisque to the festival... but Oliva reported: "They had to go back and get more!"

More than 600 volunteers made the event happen -- from manning the ticket booths to serving the scallops.

In addition to nearly non-stop entertainment, the festival, which is now in its 43rd year, featured dozens of local and regional crafters and popular amusement rides and games.

Scallop Festival is the biggest fundraiser for the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce. It supports the Chamber’s scholarship fund, which benefits students at four area high schools, helps three local food pantries and the Friends of the Bourne Council on Aging, and contributes to the operation of the Chamber's two visitor centers, that service the traveling public.

"It helps area businesses and the whole community," said Oliva.

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