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McLean’s Town Conch Cracking Festival

Competition or Sporting Event

Sign at Entrance to McLean's Town Settlement – Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

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.

Accessibility Notes

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

Participation Requirements (if any)

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

Pet Friendly Notes

Only service pets on a leash are allowed.


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