How do you like your shrimp? Chances are, you can "have it your way" - and all you can eat - from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Sumter County Museum's Shrimp Feast.
Museum director Annie Rivers said board members and volunteer cooks will be serving up shrimp fried, boiled, grilled, with grits and in a mountain of corn, sausage, potatoes and sometimes crab. She said Logan's Roadhouse will be preparing the fried shrimp, Carolina Backcountry Manager Deborah Watts will make her famous shrimp and grits, and various museum board members will prepare the remaining dishes, except for the Lowcountry Boil, which Mike Compton will cook.
Rivers said there is even a dish for those who don't care for shrimp: Charles Bostic will be serving his popular barbecue. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be served, along with a variety of side dishes, and everything is included in the price of admission.
The Scape Ore Bluegrass Company will provide "music to eat shrimp by." Banjo player Roffie Griggs once called bluegrass "down-to-earth music that appeals to everyone," and Scape Ore is a perennial favorite of the museum's shrimp lovers.
With about 400 guests expected at Thursday's event, Rivers said the Shrimp Feast is just slightly smaller than the annual fall oyster roast, another popular all-you-can-eat feast that raises money to help the museum with its mission to "preserve, promote and interpret the history of the Old Sumter District," Rivers said.
Shrimp Feast is also a popular social event, as diners enjoy spending time with friends as they dine al fresco in the Martha Brice Gardens, where tables and chairs will be set up.
EMS CHEMIE is the presenting sponsor of the Shrimp Feast, with sponsors Thompson Industrial Services and Mid-Carolina Beverage.
Admission to Shrimp Feast, to be held in the gardens at Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, is $30 for museum members, $40 for non-members and $45 at the door, regardless of membership.
Rivers said non-members can join before the event and save on the ticket price by visiting www.sumtercountymuseum.org or by calling (803) 775-0908.
Coming soon at the museum are Carolina Backcountry Springtime on May 13 and a book signing and reception with author Dorothea Benton Franks on May 16, the release date of her latest novel, "same beach, next year."