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Urbanna Oyster Festival (November 1 - 2, 2013)

56th Oyster Festival: Good times here are not forgotten
imageThe first time I saw Urbanna was at the Urbanna Oyster Festival in 1987. We walked across the bridge and when I got to the intersection of Cross and Prince George streets I stopped. From this intersection I could see that Urbanna was unlike any place I’d ever been… Click through to download our special Oyster Festival Section or find it inside this week’s issue of the Sentinel.
posted 10.30.2013
Check out these photos!

Festival ‘traditions’ continue
imageTraditions take time to develop. A few years ago Urbanna Oyster Festival visitor Mike Tokarz couldn’t find any oyster necklaces he liked. So, last year he made a few necklaces of his own design “to celebrate the oyster.” Could Tokarz’s mementos be the start of a tradition?
posted 11.06.2013
Leigh Harrow crowned Oyster Festival Queen
imageLeigh Harrow was crowned Queen of the 56th Urbanna Oyster Festival last Friday and Anna Carey was crowned Little Miss Spat. As Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen, Harrow received a $5,000 college scholarship.
posted 11.06.2013
Urbanna Oyster Festival poster features ‘Oyster Cans of the Past’
image“Oyster Cans of the Past” by Jeannie W. Duke is the official 2013 Urbanna Oyster Festival poster. Duke, who is principal of Middlesex High School, has lived in Middlesex most of her life. She loves to spend time on the water with family and friends and is always inspired by its beauty.
posted 10.30.2013
Making connections with oysters
imageDespite the wind and rain, local 4th grade, 7th grade, and high school students have been busy exploring Urbanna Creek and the Rappahannock River aboard the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s deadrise “Bea Hayman Clark.”
posted 10.30.2013
2013 Urbanna Oyster Festival Entertainment Schedule
imageThis year’s 56th edition of the area’s premier fall festival takes center stage Friday and Saturday, November 1-2. There’ll be bands, dancing, performances, crafts, the queen crowning and two parades. Click through for a schedule so you don't miss a thing!
posted 10.30.2013
Festival features two parades
imageThe annual Urbanna Oyster Festival Fireman’s Parade is at 7 p.m. Friday. The Oyster Festival Parade, sponsored by Whitten Brothers Family of Auto Dealerships of Richmond, will have about 80 units, and begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.
posted 10.30.2013
Check out these photos from last year!

Persistence pays off for oyster reef pioneer
imageMore than 20 years ago Captain Bob Jensen had a vision to solve the problem of the diminishing resources of the Chesapeake Bay while also improving water quality. Through his Rappahannock Preservation Society’s School of the Bay, Jensen took more than students on Rappahannock River field trips aboard his deadrise workboat “Casey Jean” to see, firsthand, environmental issues.
posted 10.30.2013
Francis Hall is festival’s Honorary Grand Marshal
imageFrancis Hall, 93, of Urbanna has been named Honorary Grand Marshal of the 2013 Urbanna Oyster Festival. Hall’s Texaco was on Urbanna Creek, and the dock was a primary spot for oystermen to raft their boats during the oyster season. “I really enjoyed the host of oystermen who tied their boats up at our dock,” said Hall.
posted 10.16.2013
Local businessman and pastor is grand marshal of Urbanna Oyster Festival
imageThe Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation Board of Directors has named Edward P. Harrow Sr. of Deltaville grand marshal of the 2013 Urbanna Oyster Festival that will be held Friday and Saturday, November 1-2.
posted 10.09.2013
Retired VMRC oyster inspector is Urbanna Oyster Festival captain
imageRichard Haynes of Urbanna, a retired Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) oyster inspector, has been named 2013 Urbanna Oyster Festival Captain by the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation.
posted 10.02.2013
More photos from last year!