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Eight days until 57th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival

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This year’s official Urbanna Oyster Festival Poster (above) was created by Karen McMinn of Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company, which is on Virginia Street in Urbanna. The poster can be purchased during the Oyster Festival (November 7-8) for $15 by stopping by the Oyster Festival Information RV on the corner of Virginia Street and Rappahannock Avenue, or by calling the festival office at 758-0368. 

by Tom Chillemi

The 57th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, and once again promises good times, delicious food, two parades, and lively music planned for the tens of thousands of anticipated visitors.

An old tradition—an antique auto show—returns this year. Classic vehicles will be on display at the corner of Waverly and Virginia streets across from the Urbanna Firehouse on Saturday, November 8, starting at 9 a.m. This will be a “people’s choice” voting event. The winners in each class will be featured in Saturday’s Oyster Festival Parade. 

The first Urbanna Oyster Festival featured an antique auto show, and some of those participants from the Richmond Region Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will be on hand for this year’s show. “The Oyster Festival Foundation hopes to gather many of these wonderful owners and their rides in a special section of the parade to pay tribute to them,” said a festival spokesperson.

The antique auto show is sponsored by Hudgins Holiday Chevrolet-Cadillac of Williamsburg.

Parades
The Fireman’s Parade is at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Oyster Festival Parade, sponsored by Whitten Brothers Family of Auto Dealerships of Richmond, begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Handicapped parking is at the corner of Virginia Street and Red Hill Drive on the west side of town and is operated by the K-9 Alert Search and Rescue Dogs, which benefits from the handicapped parking fees. Follow the signs.

Merchandise 
This year’s official Urbanna Oyster Festival Poster by Karen McMinn of Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company can be purchased for $15 at the Oyster Festival Information RV on the corner of Virginia Street and Rappahannock Avenue, or by calling the festival office at 758-0368. 

Official Oyster Festival souvenirs will be available under the tent near EVB bank. 

A free Oyster Festival program will be distributed at parking areas and at the information center.

The police headquarters and lost-and-found station will be on the second floor of the town hall on Cross Street. 

For more information, call the Oyster Festival Foundation at 804-758-0368 or visit www.urbannaoysterfestival.com.

posted 10.29.2014

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