In Celebration of the Famous Pismo Clam

POSTED ON October 13th, 2011 - by lauren

In celebration of the 65th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival, some interesting facts about the Pismo Clam and the large part of history it carries for Pismo Beach.

Did you know?
The Pismo Clam is one of the largest types of clams found along the California Coast. These clams can reach up to several inches in length, with the largest Pismo Clam being on record at seven and three-eights inches long and around 26 years old.

These specific clams are credited for bringing in an enormous amount of tourism to the Pismo Beach area. It was believed that at one time an estimated 150,000 people once sought out these clams in Pismo Beach during a single weekend. Now, however, due to many hungry Sea Otters, the amounts of clams that can be found on the beach of Pismo has dramatically decreased. Also, in 1986 a “No Fishery” rule for clams was imposed, as a way to try and preserve most of these clams.

Although the clam can be found sometimes in entrances to bays, sloughs and estuaries, they are most commonly found on broad, sandy beaches that have strong surf.

Every October the City of Pismo Beach holds their annual “Clam Festival”, as a way to honor and celebrate all that the Pismo Clam has done for the City. This is a two day long celebration and has numerous activities and events for people of all ages. This year’s festival kicks off on Saturday, October 15, with a surf contest, The Clam Festival Parade, The Famous Clam Chowder Cook Off, and a Beer and Wine Pub on the pier.

On Sunday, October 16, there will be a clam dig for kids 11 and under, a “Surf and Bubbles” event, and a Beer and Wine Pub again on the pier. Both days will also have live music, vendors and great entertainment as well.

Stop in to the SeaVenture or sample our tasty clam chowder and join in the Pismo Beach tradition!



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