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It’s festival time!

Urbanna Oyster Festival 2017 - A Tribute to the Oyster

by Tom Chillemi

The leaves are changing color and night air is crisp—sure signs it’s time for the Urbanna Oyster Festival. 

This year’s 60th edition of the area’s premier fall festival takes center stage on Friday and Saturday, November 3-4. There’ll be food, bands, dancing, performances, crafts, and the crowning of the Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat.

There’s so much going at the Oyster Festival we’ve listed it all in a special section inside this issue of the Sentinel.

The streets of Urbanna will be lined with food vendors vying for the palates of thousands of visitors. Oysters, prepared with flair, will be everywhere; raw or roasted on the half shell, warmed in stews or “sandwiched” as fritters. Save room for dessert. How about a funnel cake, a festival favorite?

After you’ve eaten your fill, take a rest at one of four stages for some continuous live music. Then stroll down to the Urbanna Town Marina and step aboard the tall ship “Lynx,” a replica of a privateer from the War of 1812, and the skipjack “Claude Somers.”

Walking will work up an appetite, so mosey back up town, get a snack, and if it’s Friday, get a seat at the Urbanna Firehouse for the crowning of the Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat at 4 p.m.

Stick around on Friday for the Fireman’s Parade at 7 p.m. It’s just the first of two parades. 

On Saturday, the Virginia Oyster Shucking Championship is at 10 a.m. behind the firehouse. If you’ve ever tried to open an oyster, you’ll marvel at the contestants’ speed and dexterity.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Oyster Festival Parade winds its way through town (see route in Oyster Festival guide inside this issue of the Sentinel).

Come early, stay late and wear your walking shoes, because there’s lots to see, hear and do at the Oyster Festival. It all happens only in Urbanna, as it has since 1957.

posted 11.02.2017

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