(Tickets will be on sale soon.)
Our 70th was a Milestone Seafood Festival!
The Abingdon Ruritan Club’s seafood festival on May 16th was a milestone event because it was the Club’s 70th fund raising seafood festival. The sell-out crowd enjoyed the usual delicious seafood and beverages but were also treated to some additional things to help celebrate this special event.
Catherine Smith was also recognized for having shucked clams for the clam booth for all 70 festivals. Club, president Tony Dziadul, vice president Mary Lou Shepherd and booth chairman Wells presented Smith with a special shirt to mark the occasion. Pictured on the shirt are 70 clams, one for each year. (from left Shepherd, Wells, Smith, Dziadul)
To make the event special, long-time sponsor Budweiser provided their mobile beer garden. The Club brought back its popular jello shooters. Commemorative shirts and caps were available for purchase and each guest was given a souvenir cup.
Pictured from left are Susan Osterfeld and Ashley McHugh enjoying jello shooters. Also pictured is Meredith Powell enjoying the always popular steamed crabs.
At the opening ceremony, seven Club members, Jonathan Beck, Graham Blake, David Dea, Walter Priest, Gordon Smith, Rupert Thomas and L.T. Wells were introduced and recognized for having worked all 70 festivals. In commemorating this milestone event, they have become known as “The Magnificent Seven”. Special shirts with a picture of the seven on the back were given to them to wear at the festival.
Pictured from left, front row: Wells, Priest, Dea, Smith. Back row from left: Thomas, Blake, Beck.
Information About our Festivals
Sponsor Information: Sponsors for the Abingdon Ruritan Seafood Festivals provide a highly visible way of supporting the community. Over 30 businesses have banners displayed throughout the grounds on Festival days. If you would like to join them and be a sponsor, contact our Sponsor Chairman, Pete Shepherd, email email@example.com or phone 804-694-6924.
Our Seafood Festivals are held twice yearly and are located on our Festival Grounds behind our club building at 8784 Guinea Road, Bena, Virginia. We ask that you leave all pop-ups/portable canopies/awnings/tents, etc., at home, because they will not be allowed in.
- 3rd Wednesday of each May
- 3rd Wednesday of each October
- All ticket sales are in advance and include all the seafood you can eat and all beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
- Tickets are $50.00 each. (Regardless of age.)
- During the period of time when ticket sales are ongoing, tickets may be purchased three ways: by mail, in person at several local businesses, or online within this site (a button link to PayPal will appear below when tickets become available). If you purchase online there is an additional $2.00 cost per ticket.
- To purchase tickets by mail, send a request to: Attn: Seafood Festival, Abingdon Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 22, Bena, Va. 23018. Enclose a check made payable to “Abingdon Ruritan Club” in the amount of $50 for each ticket you wish to purchase and also include a self-addressed, stamped, legal size (#10) envelope. Do not send money until ticket sale dates are active. Do not send money after ticket sales end.
- Tickets are usually available for purchase in person at these businesses: Tillage Automotive, Gloucester
Whitley Peanuts, Gloucester and Williamsburg
Hogge Real Estate, Gloucester Courthouse
Juans Mexican Café, Hayes
P&C Wholesale, Peninsula and Southside Hampton Roads, call (Charlie Dail, 757-342-3838
Lyn’s Mini Mart in Bena
- To purchase tickets online, a button will appear at the top of this page to enable you to purchase using PayPal. When tickets are not available, the button won’t be either!
Important Facts About Our Seafood Festivals
- The address of the main entrance to our club building is 8784 Guinea Road, but on the day of the festival you cannot enter there to access the festival grounds! You will need to drive a few short yards ahead to the intersection of Guinea Road and Mark Pine Road (the next right turn). Immediately on your right as you are turning onto Mark Pine Road, you will see the paved apron in front of Abingdon Fire and Rescue Station No. 2, and a few inches beyond their paved apron is a gravel road which is our entrance you need to take to proceed to the parking area adjacent to our festival grounds.
- Parking is free.
- The Festival Gate opens at 2:00 pm, but NO food or beverages will be served until 3:00 pm, after the playing of our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. (Ruritans love citizenship and patriotism!)
- The Festival goes on, rain or shine. Ticket sales are final.
- You are welcome to enjoy all the food and beverages that you would like, including: Oysters– fried, steamed and on half-shell; steamed clams, clam fritters and clam chowder; fried scallops; fried fish; steamed shrimp; steamed crabs; hush-puppies; BBQ with cole- slaw; French fries; cake; ice cream; and cheese with the wine; soft drinks, water, coffee, beer, wine, and mixed drinks (no shots).
- We welcome you to enjoy the live music of a popular local band and also for you to take advantage of our grassy dance area in front of the bandstand.
- Covered seating areas are available, and you may bring in lawn chairs and small folding tables (but no pop-up tents/canopies).
- Please be considerate of others by sharing our festival area picnic tables. No tables are to be “reserved” by placing tablecloths or other markers on them.
What we do not permit at our Seafood Festivals:
- Coolers (They will not be allowed through the gate.)
- Pets (They will not be allowed through the gate.)
- Firearms (concealed or open carry)
- Political Campaigning (Never–not even in an election year!)
- Anyone without a ticket. (Remember, none are sold at the gate.)
- Any food or beverage to be taken outside the festival grounds.
- Pop-Up Tents/Canopies
- Attempts to “reserve” tables by placing tablecloths on them.