Tradition Meets Transformation

The Great Ogeechee Music
and Seafood Festival


Richmond Hill has always been a town of growth, innovation, and community spirit. Since 1983, when it was dubbed “the best-kept secret on the Georgia coast,” the town has seen exponential growth, becoming the fastest-growing county in Georgia. This expansion was not just in numbers but in the heart and soul of the community. The creation of the Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded by local visionaries back then, marked the beginning of a concerted effort to share Richmond Hill’s secret with the wider world. This community, with its exceptional schools, beautiful waterfronts, and thriving local businesses, was ready to step into the spotlight!

The Seafood Festival, initially inspired by Frances Meeks in 1985, was one of the first significant steps towards showcasing the vibrant life in Bryan County. Meant to highlight the local marine fisheries industry and provide a fundraising platform for community organizations, the festival quickly became a beloved annual event. However, it was not without its challenges and took a few years hiatus. From its rustic beginnings at the Bryan Fisherman’s Cooperative to overcoming infrastructure and telecommunications obstacles, the festival, much like the town, demonstrated resilience and adaptability—making a comeback as the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in 1999.

This year marks a momentous milestone for one of Richmond Hill’s most exciting traditions, as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the festival. However, this year’s festivities come with an exciting twist that heralds the beginning of a new era. In recognition of its evolving identity and in celebration of its silver anniversary, the festival will now be known as the Great Ogeechee Music + Seafood Festival. This change reflects the festival’s journey from its humble beginnings as a seafood lover’s paradise to its current status as a vibrant fusion of culinary delights and musical excellence.

Headlining the event on Friday night is the iconic Marshall Tucker Band, whose Southern rock anthems are sure to provide the perfect soundtrack for festival-goers as they indulge in a variety of seafood dishes prepared by local vendors. The excitement only builds into Saturday night, with performances by country music stars Sara Evans and Clint Black. Their chart-topping hits are set to illuminate the night, offering attendees an unforgettable experience that blends the soul of country music with the heart of our coast.

As we gather to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this cherished event, the Great Ogeechee Music + Seafood Festival stands as a testament to the community’s spirit and its capacity for innovation and joy. It’s a promise of more memorable moments, more delicious food, and more thrilling music. This year, we invite everyone to join us in starting this new chapter, where tradition meets transformation, and where every note and every bite tells a story of celebration, community, and the enduring charm of Richmond Hill.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 25th GOM+SF, click here