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McLean’s Town Conch Cracking Festival

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Sign at Entrance to McLean's Town Settlement
Local children showing their hula hoop skills at the McLean's Town Festival.
Visitors participate in the "Conch Eating Contest" at the McLean's Town Festival. They cannot use their hands to eat the conch salad.
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism staff cracking conchs at the McLean's Town Festival.

Event Dates: October 14, 2019

About this Event

This annual homecoming event began in 1972 and attracts both domestic and international visitors, who enthusiastically vie for the coveted and authentically Bahamian designed conch trophy, awarded to the best Conch Cracker in the country. Contestants compete to see who can most swiftly extract [and clean the meat from] a given number of conchs. There is a competition for men, for women, for locals, and for visitors!

In addition to the conch cracking contests, there are also other games, food, music as well as live entertainment.The festival features lots of conch-themed dishes, other food and drinks, locally made souvenirs, as well as competitions and a full day of activities that both adults and children can participate in. Venue is McLean’s Town in East Grand Bahama Island.

Admission Fee (if any)

Adults $2 / Children (12-18) $1; under 12 free.

Participation Requirements (if any)

You can register for events upon arrival or just before start time. There is a $5 fee to participate.

Accessibility Notes: Persons who are physically challenged or in a wheelchair should be careful when moving around on the site.

 Pet Friendly Notes
Only service pets on a leash are allowed.

For More Information, Contact:

Ministry of Tourism-Grand Bahama Island

Poinciana Drive, P. O. Box F-40251, Freeport, FP
(242) 350-8600 · fax (242) 352-2714

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic.

Latitude: 26.650549000
Longitude: -77.931508000
Elevation: 8 FT (2 M)
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