(GULF SHORES, Ala.) Friday marks the second day of the 41st Annual National Shrimp Fest. You have plenty of time to make it down Gulf Shores and enjoy it. From foot stomping music to all the shrimp you can eat the National Shrimp Festival is more than just 41 years of tradition it's a money maker.
"Our retailers our arts and crafts person they've been running out of product and they've been going back to re-stock and bring back more. Food vendors are making food until one in the morning in preparation for the next day," said Ron Kutter with the Shrimp Festival.
Vendors and artists doing well. Good weather comes into play and so does an atmosphere the local economy can count on. Missy Zak is Meyer Realty she says lodging is at 75 percent occupancy.
"We have a fall special right now you rent two nights in a condo and you get the third free and its already fall rates so that's 30 percent lower than summer rates," said Zak.
Summer may be on the way out but it's this weekend in October that keeps the crowds coming down.
"I knew during set up that we would exceed our expectations because you know Monday before the festival we were already crowded down here," said Kutter. "Its like family that returns each fall for us so we absolutely love the shrimp festival," said Zak.
Aside from the shrimp live entertainment is also a big draw at the festival tonight its country star Phil Vassor and tomorrow night Eddie Money.