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Clam Festival comes to Pismo Beach this weekend

Pismo Beach’s 68th annual Clam Festival started Friday and runs through Sunday with a parade, surfing, a clam chowder contest and clam dig.

The event kicked off Friday evening with a wine walk in downtown Pismo Beach. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. This year’s grand marshal is Henry Myers, owner of the Kon Tiki Inn and a former Pismo Beach volunteer firefighter who served 12 years as one of two assistant chiefs.

A surf contest will also be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a clam chowder contest scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Ten local restaurants are competing.

On Sunday, a dory race will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (a dory is a small, lightweight boat), with a clam dig at noon on the north side of the pier, and a clam bake at 1:30 p.m.

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