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Only 8 days until the Urbanna Oyster Festival

by Tom Chillemi

When the leaves change color and the night air is crisp, it’s time for the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

This year’s 55th edition of the area’s premier fall festival takes center stage Friday and Saturday, November 2-3. There’ll be food, bands, dancing, performances, crafts, the queen crowning and two parades.

The streets of Urbanna will be lined with food vendors vying for the palates of tens of thousands of visitors. Oysters, prepared with flair, will be everywhere. After you’ve eaten your fill, take a rest at one of the stages for some continuous live music.

Then stroll down to the Town Marina at Upton’s Point and see a replica of the tall ship “Godspeed,” which brought settlers to Jamestown in 1607, and two restored oyster buyboats, the “F.D. Crockett,” and “Propwash.”

Don’t miss the crowning of the Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat at 4 p.m. Friday.

Stick around on Friday for the Firemen’s Parade at 7 p.m. It’s just the first of two parades. The firemen’s dance follows Friday’s parade at 8 p.m. at the firehouse.

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

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the popular Oyster Festival Parade winds its way through town on a different route and bypasses the main part of Virginia St.

The parade will assemble where Urbanna Lumber used to be. It will head east on Virginia Street, left on Grace Street, right on Bonner Street, left on Rappahannock Avenue, right on Marston Street, right on Cross Street, right on Prince Gorge Street, left on Virginia Street, and return to the staging area.

On Saturday, 30-passenger trams will shuttle senior and handicapped visitors across the bridge to and from parking areas on the Rosegill (east) side of town.

For all the details, see the special pullout section in next week’s Sentinel.

posted 10.24.2012

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