The Greenwood Lions Club and American Legion Post 20 teamed up four years ago to help raise funds for each other’s different organizations. Through this collaboration, Shrimp Fest was born.

“The Shrimp Fest began with an idea to join our efforts on behalf of the American Legion and the Lions Club to serve our community. So many of our members are members of both organizations and are close friends! The efforts have really strengthened both organizations,” said Greenwood Lions Club President Dan Grubbs.

Shrimp Fest 2012 is set to occur next Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the American Legion Building.

Attendees will enjoy a large seafood dinner including fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp creole, fish, chicken, corn on the cob, hushpuppies and dessert. Also, purchasing a ticket automatically enters attendees in a raffle to win a grill from Greenwood’s Lowe’s. The individual does not have to be present to win.

The Greenwood Lions Club uses its funds to help purchase eyeglasses, eye exams, surgeries and other services for its Mobile Health Unit traveling to Greenwood middle schools in January and February to provide health screenings for children. The club also sponsors scholarships to outstanding high school students in the area.

The American Legion Post 20 focuses most of their funds on providing services to veterans. Funds also go toward Legion sponsored youth sports including its baseball team and new junior league team. Scholarships for children attending Boys’ and Girls’ state are also provided by the Legion.

“Come out and enjoy great food, great fellowship and great music. We know our community will be pleased,” said Grubbs.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children 10-years-old or younger. They can be purchased ahead of time by contacting the American Legion at 864-223-3142 or Dan Grubbs at the Greenwood Lions Club at 864-229-2402. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.