The 30th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show returns to The Wharf

By Melanie LeCroy / melanie@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 1/12/22

The 30th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show returns to The Wharf Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Makos Academics Arts and Athletics …

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The 30th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show returns to The Wharf

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The 30th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show returns to The Wharf Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Makos Academics Arts and Athletics Club (MAAAC) netting $30,000 in 2021. The event continues to see attendance increase from 17,000 in 2018 to 20,000 in 2021.
“The festival is attended by all types of people. A large portion of our Snowbirds attend as it is the only coastal festival they get to experience as most arrive after the fall season of festivals and leave before the true spring shows begin. It is a family event attended by locals and visitors,” said Jean Hogue, MAAAC Development Coordinator.
Last year, event organizers eliminated the Kids’ Zone to help with social distancing and reduced the number of vendors. This year, festival goers will notice the Kids’ Zone is back with bounce houses, crafts and more near the Ferris wheel.
“Masks are encouraged but not mandatory. We’ve added several new handwashing stations this year,” Hogue said.
Visitors to the annual event can expect live music all day on two stages, a large Kids’ Zone with activities, games and entertainment, 120 arts and crafts vendors and 12 food booths including the MAAAC’s crawfish booth. Don’t forget to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win the first official permitted Orange Beach golf cart. The new 2021 four seat ICON i40L has custom wheels and interior, lift kit and more and is valued at $10,500. Tickets sales begin this week for $25 each and the winner will be announced at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the festival.
The annual car show attracts over 100 vehicles each year and is open to all cars. The registration fee is $50 in advance and $75 the day of the show. The lineup begins at 8 a.m. All vehicles must be in place by 9:30 a.m. Awards are presented to the Top 10 cars.
The Makos Academics, Arts, Athletics Club (MAAAC) is a nonprofit organization. The core mission of the MAAAC is to raise funds that directly support and enhance Orange Beach children’s experiences in academics, arts and athletics. The MAAAC’s three major fundraisers each year include the Orange Beach Seafood Festival, an annual gala and drawdown.
This year’s annual drawdown will take place Jan. 22 at the Orange Beach Event Center. A ticket for two is $125 and includes an evening of music by the Red Clay Strays, dinner catered by Fisher’s and Wolf Bay Lodge and two chances to win $7,500. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.obmaaac.org.