55th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival - Bring your appetites!
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All systems are go for the 55th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival set for Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, and once again good times and a variety of delicious food, two parades and lively music are planned for the tens of thousands of visitors.
The Firemen’s Parade is at 7 p.m. Friday. The Oyster Festival Parade, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, will have about 80 units, and begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Both the Firemen’s Parade and Oyster Festival Parade will wind their way through town on a different route this year and bypass the main part of Virginia Street. The parades will assemble where Urbanna Lumber used to be. They will head east on Virginia Street, left on Grace Street, right on Bonner Street, left on Rappahannock Avenue, right on Marston Avenue, right on Cross Street, right on Prince George Street, left on Virginia Street, and return to the staging area. The judges stand will be at the Urbanna Firehouse.
“Community Row,” sponsored by EVB bank, which has been located on Prince George Street in previous years, will be moved to one side of Virginia Street between Cross Street and the waterfront. Community Row will feature local crafts, demonstrations and exhibits.
The 2012 Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat will be crowned on Friday, November 2, at 4 p.m. on the Festival Village stage on Rappahannock Avenue.
More than 100 vendors will be open for business when the festival begins on Friday at 10 a.m. On Saturday, the festival is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bring your appetite. An array of foods will be available from more than 40 vendors. The honored oyster is always featured in a variety of presentations—raw, roasted, fried, steamed, frittered and stewed.
In addition, visitors can enjoy crab soup, seafood chowder, clams, crab cakes, shrimp, fish, corn dogs, sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey legs, roast beef, funnel cakes, kettle corn, roasted nuts, ice cream, cotton candy, snow cones, candy apples and many other goodies.
In addition to great food and desserts, visitors will delight in the variety of crafts available throughout the town. Among the many offerings are handmade furniture, stained glass, wood carvings, sculpture, pottery, dolls, brass, silver, leather goods and jewelry. Many will be in Festival Village in Taber Park off Rappahannock Avenue.