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Bring your appetites and party hats to the 54th Oyster Festival

Local watermen have been working the oyster grounds of the Rappahannock River and other Chesapeake Bay tributaries to meet the demand at this weekend’s Urbanna Oyster Festival. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

The 54th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, and once again good times and a variety of delicious food and lively music are planned for the tens of thousands of expected visitors.

There will be two parades. The Fireman’s Parade is at 7 p.m. Friday. The Oyster Festival Parade will have about 80 units, and steps off at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat will be crowned on Friday, November 4, at 4 p.m. on the Festival Village stage on Rappahannock Ave.

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 5 p.m.

Bring your appetite; an array of foods will be available from more than 40 food vendors. The honored oyster is always featured and 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 and art available throughout the town. 

posted 11.02.2011

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