- Associated Press - Sunday, October 1, 2017

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Hurricane Irma may have cancelled the Georgia coast’s annual shrimp-and-grits festival, but a downsized version of the celebration will make a comeback this holiday season.

Jekyll Island has dubbed its Nov. 24-25 event “Merry Shrimpmas.” It’s intended to make up for the annual Shrimp & Grits Festival that got sidelined in September as Irma lashed coastal Georgia with tree-toppling winds and flooding storm surge.

Organizers say the November celebration will feature different shrimp and grits recipes prepared by restaurants from across the region. Visitors will also notice an added holiday flavor.

Children will be able to mail letters to Santa Claus, while adults shop for Christmas gifts at an artists’ market. The festival will wrap up its second evening with the lighting of Jekyll Island’s Christmas tree.

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