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Festival time is here!

by Tom Chillemi

The 2008 Urbanna Oyster Festival print features the historic seafood buyboat “P.E. Pruitt,” built in 1935. The boat called Urbanna her home port for most of her working life. Prints are $15 and available during the festival at the Oyster Festival Foundation RV at Virginia Street and Rappahannock Avenue. 
The snap of autumn is in the air.

If the cool days and long nights have you hankering for some comfort foods, you’ll find them at the Urbanna Oyster Festival this Friday and Saturday, November 7-8.

Oysters, prepared with flair, will be everywhere; from bare on the half shell to warmed in stews or “sandwiched” in fritters.

Hundreds of visitors will “Lion up” to get those famous oyster fritters, freshly handmade by the Middlesex Lion’s Club.

After you’ve eaten your fill, take a rest at one of five stages for music, variety acts, or some dog tricks with Mutts Gone Nuts (shows at 1 and 4 p.m. both days).

Stroll down to the Town Marina at Upton’s Point and see the schooner “Alliance,” boats used to harvest oysters, and other vessels.

Stick around on Friday for the Fireman’s Parade at 7 p.m. It’s just the first of two parades. On Saturday, the Oyster Festival Parade marches down Virginia Street at 2 p.m. and winds its way through town.

The Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat will be crowned at 4 p.m. Friday at Taber Park.

The Virginia Oyster Shucking Championship is at 11 a.m. Saturday behind the firehouse.

There’ll be bands, dancing, performances, and arts and crafts. There’s a lot going on at the Oyster Festival for two days, and it’s all listed in a special section inside this issue of the Sentinel and at Also on the website are festival photos and the history of this nationally-acclaimed event.

It’s all happening in Urbanna, as it has for 51 years. Come early, stay late, and wear your walking shoes, because there’s a lot to see, hear and do at the 51st Urbanna Oyster Festival. And, rest assured, you won’t go home hungry.

posted 11.06.2008

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