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Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival features Jerrod Niemann, plenty of food and fun

  • Jerrod Neimann (Photo by Ryan Hamblin)
  • Fried shrimp from The Shell House Restaurant.
  • Seafood gumbo from Local on 17.

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival features Jerrod Niemann, plenty of food and fun

17 Oct 2017

The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival brings a variety of food, music and fun to Richmond Hill each year, and everyone has their favorites.

“I love the fish tacos from So Many Angels and of course, you have to have the peach cobbler from the Boy Scouts,” said Brianne Yontz, executive director of the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce.

After canceling last year’s festival because of Hurricane Matthew, Yontz said this year’s event, from Oct. 20-22 in J.F. Gregory Park, will help benefit the chamber and many local charities.

“It’s the major source of funding for the chamber and many local nonprofits, Boy Scouts, Richmond Hill YMCA, Fort McAllister Sport Fishing Club, to name a few,” Yontz said. “Once all of the expenses are paid, we try and reimburse the nonprofit agencies their booth fees, so all their net proceeds go directly to them.”

Musical guests include 38 Special, Adam Wakefield and Jerrod Niemann, who said he is excited to come to the festival and is looking forward to meeting his fans from the area.

Niemann released his new album “This Ride” on Oct. 6, with the single “I Got This,” which he’ll be performing in Richmond Hill.

“The song is about good vibes and it put me in a place where I wanted to be,” Niemann said.

Others have taken notice of his talent as well, and he has written songs for stars like Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Jamey Johnson and many more. Brooks said about Niemann: “This is one of the greatest talents I’ve ever got to run into … I would write with this guy every day. I think his well is infinite … great writer, great kid, great singer.”

While here, Niemann will take photos and autograph items for fans, as well as sell handmade jewelry he creates to help raise money for his nonprofit Free the Music USA, which collects musical instruments and gives them to children in need.

Niemann said he realized there is more to country than just the music.

“There are men and women who came before us, and we need to carry on the torch of the works they do,” he said.

Niemann also performed several times for the USO as a way to give thanks to the military.

“I appreciate how much the military sacrifices for us every day,” he said, adding that the hardest part was when he had to leave the USO, knowing the troops had to stay.

In addition to more than 30 food and beverage vendors at the festival, a midway carnival presented by Kissel Entertainment will feature rides, including The Nemesis 360.

Yontz said that prior to opening to the public on Oct. 20, families with special needs children can enjoy the carnival and lunch for free.

“It’s pretty cool and these families look forward to this every year,” Yontz said.


What: Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

When: 5-11 p.m Oct. 20; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 21; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22

Where: J.F. Gregory Park, 521 Cedar St., Richmond Hill

Cost: $5 for ages 6 and older on Oct. 20 and 22; $10 for ages 16 and older, $5 for ages 6-15 on Oct. 21; free all weekend for children 5 and younger