Highly trained and motivated rubber shrimp will mount their inner tubes and take to the water on Saturday, October 2nd, as the Sea Island Rotary Club presents the 13th Annual Charity Shrimp Race in conjunction with the Beaufort Shrimp Festival. The principal goal of this event is to raise money for our local charities.  
The shrimp race is the World’s Largest Shrimp Race and the primary annual fundraiser for the club. Since our club’s founding back in 1980, the Sea Island Rotary Club has raised over $1M for local charities, funding scholarships and supporting other community services. The club also contributes to causes led by Rotary International like Polio Plus with the eradication of polio and helping communities gain sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene worldwide.
The Shrimp Race is fun to watch for both children and adults. It is held at the Henry Chambers Waterfront Park during the Beaufort Shrimp Festival. It will begin around 2:30 PM when 5,000 rubber shrimp wearing inner tubes are released from the nets of a local shrimp trawler and into the Beaufort River. The shrimp float along in tidal current to the finish line. Each shrimp wears a unique number corresponding to one of the numbers on a purchased sponsorship ticket.
The shrimp have been training all summer and are anxiously awaiting the change at being the first to cross the finish line. The winning shrimp wins $2,000, 2nd place wins $1,000, 3rd place wins $750, 4th place wins $500, 5th place winds $250 and 6th through 10th place each win $100. The first 100 shrimp that cross the finish line have a chance to win the $35,000 Grand Prize.
Please join us on October 2nd, at the Waterfront Park to cheer on your shrimp! Still need to sponsor a shrimp? Feel free to click the link and sponsor your shrimp online. Also, join us a First Friday on September 3rd to visit with Jumbo our Shrimp Race mascot and purchase a shrimp sponsorship. We will also have members at the Port Royal Farmer’s Market on August 28th, September 11th, September 18th and September 25th, so come on down and see us about sponsoring a shrimp. Thank you for supporting our event and your community.