About Us

 

The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber & Foundation is a member-based, not-for-profit
corporation primarily representing the communities of Bourne, Sandwich & Wareham, and throughout Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts.

Mission: To be a visible force that promotes, represents, and educates our members and the community for their economic and social benefit. 

The Annual Scallop Fest is a long-time tradition first started in the Town of Bourne in 1969 and moving to East Falmouth in 2014. Patrons from all over the country stay at nearby lodging facilities, shop at stores, and dine at nearby restaurants.
 

 

The Annual Scallop Fest is an economic development bonanza for the canal region. The Fest increases tourism and creates employment opportunities for hundreds of local people..

The people we employ supplement the 500 volunteers who help manage the Fest over the weekend, including the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office that helps set up and breakdown the grounds.                                      

 

FAST FEST FACTS:

We raise funds to offer scholarships and support local venues.  Here’s where the money goes:

Annual Expenses:  $243,000
•     $175,000 for local businesses (contractors, plumbers, electricians, portable toilets, printing, supplies, equipment)
•     $25,000 for local entertainment
•     $25,000 to market the Scallop Fest using local businesses
•     $18,000 for police, fire and security personnel                                                                                          

Annual Proceeds:  $84,000
•     $70,000 for operation of 2 Visitor Centers
•     $6,000 in scholarships for area schools
•     $5,000 supports the Chamber’s Free Concerts in the Park Program
•     $3,000 donated to local food pantries & the Bourne Council on Aging

For more information, contact  Marie Oliva, President & CEO, moliva@capecodcanalchamber.org, 508-759-6000 X12

 

Now and....Then

46 years ago, local fishermen got together at Buzzards Bay Park and decided to have a Scallop Festival. The idea was to attract tourists to the area and to provide a family-oriented event for the residents….never did these fishermen anticipate how the event would grow and be awarded The American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events in North America” - 5 years in a row!

The Fest has changed dramatically and has had several different venues over the years. The event was held inside the National Guard Armory in Buzzards Bay, but quickly outgrew the building and was moved for a brief time to the Massachusetts Military Reservation. About twenty years ago, volunteers decided to “Tent” the affair, enabling the Fest to return to Buzzards Bay Park and be held – Rain or Shine. At that time, the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber stepped in to organize and supervise the event. Today, the Scallop Fest has moved to the 98 acre Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth.

The Chamber facilitates a Scallop Fest Task Force, made up of sponsor representatives and members from the community that meet all year long to ensure the event is the best it can be!

Originally, a few dedicated volunteers would assemble 2 weeks prior to the Festival and work around the clock to construct the kitchen, food lines, ticket booths, waiting area, etc. Today, with the support of Sheriff Jim Cummings and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, all the infrastructure is set up just 5 days prior to the Fest, and is broken down in a two days. The Department’s Community Work Crews have fine-tuned the enormous set-up procedure. The crews also keep the grounds sparkling clean before the gates open each morning. The labor they provide to the Chamber is invaluable. The rest is history... a total commitment from the community, public officials, and local residents who volunteer of 500 strong each year.