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Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant helps RISP children

Catalina Warren and Felicia Marsh

The selection of the Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen is a long-standing tradition that dates back to 1960, the year before Urbanna Days became the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The first Festival Queen was crowned on a flatbed trailer on the day of the festival.

The tradition of crowning a Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat began in 1966.

As the Oyster Festival evolved over the years, so has the selection process for the Queen and Little Miss Spat. It originally was a type of beauty pageant, but is now a scholarship competition for the Queen contestants. The judging is based on a community service project, grade point average, a judges’ interview, a written response to a random question, and overall participation.

The Queen competition starts early in the summer and extends until the crowning takes place on Friday of the Oyster Festival.

The crowning of the Queen at the upcoming 54th Urbanna Oyster Festival will take place on Friday, November 4, at 4 p.m. at Taber Park on Rappahannock Avenue. The Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen Scholarship Competition awards scholarships to the top three Queen finishers and Miss Congeniality.

The Oyster Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, November 4-5.

Felicia Marsh
Felicia Marsh volunteered with the Rural Infant Services Program (RISP), which helps children from birth through age 3 who may have developmental delays. “It was a pleasure volunteering with the RISP program because I was able to work with the children one-on-one. I felt just like their best friend.”

Marsh, a senior at Middlesex High School, loves to be active. She is a member of the basketball team, track team and is a competition cheerleader. She was recently voted Homecoming Queen by her fellow students. Marsh is also president of DECA and vice president of her senior class.

Marsh is the daughter of Michelle Martin and Joseph Martin. Because of her love for children, Marsh would like to pursue a career in teaching or possibly as a pediatrician.

Catalina Warren is Marsh’s Little Miss Spat contestant. Catalina is a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School and the daughter of Gene and Gloria Warren. She enjoys playing with friends, reading and baking with her mom. When she grows up she would like to own a beauty salon.

posted 10.26.2011

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