What started as a humble community fair aimed at highlighting local seafood has grown to a regional sensation for great eats, continuous live entertainment and family fun with a fall festival feel.

The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival returns to J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill from Oct. 19-21. There are different entrance prices for each day — and the lines at the gate can get pretty long — so it’s best to plan ahead and buy your tickets online early. For daily prices, parking and the full schedule, go to goseafoodfestival.com.


While each day features a variety of local talent and big-name entertainers on the outdoor stages, the Saturday night concert is usually the highlight for festival fans. This year’s main headliner is country superstar Travis Tritt. His concert takes place at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

And guests are in for another special treat as Tritt’s daughter Tyler Reese Tritt will take the stage before him at 8:15 p.m. Fans may remember her 2012 debut recording with her dad, their version of the classic Don Henley and Patty Smyth hit, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.” She plans to bring her new music to the Richmond Hill stage along with her debut single, “Perfect.”

Some of the local favorites scheduled to take the stage include Liquid Ginger at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and Chuck Courtenay plays at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Locals Lyn Avenue will wrap up the weekend performances at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21, along with many other bands throughout the weekend.

The Carnival Midway also returns with "unlimited ride" wristband options as well as single ticket options.

But it’s the food that is the big draw for festival guests. Each year, a variety of restaurants, from seafood to barbecue and Southern cuisine (along with creative dessert options) crowds together in the main pavilion offering a range of choices. Food prices vary by vendor and no item may be sold for more than $8, so you have a chance to try a little of everything.