"Shrimp Fest" Comes to an End

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - The National Shrimp Festival along the
Gulf Shores of Alabama is coming to a close today.

The 38th festival opened on Thursday.

Nine-year-old Dylan Greer had an abundant supply of seafood to
choose from Saturday and opted for a meal that tasted more like
chicken than shrimp. The Gulf Shores boy ate fried alligator.

His grandmother, Wanda Bingham, says the best part of the
festival is the food. The Gulf Shores resident says she hasn't
missed a Shrimp Fest since moving to the area 16 years ago.
The festival comes as local shrimpers continue to battle low
prices.

The head of the Alabama Seafood Association says shrimping
represents a $550 million annual industry in Alabama and
Mississippi.


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