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Urbanna Oyster Festival (November 3 - 4, 2017)

It’s festival time!
imageEverything you need to know about the 60th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is inside this supplement to the Southside Sentinel. Download here or pick up a paper this week. Be safe and have fun!
posted 11.02.2017
Check out some video of The Urbanna Oyster Festival!

Oyster Festival countdown begins
The 60th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, and once again the event promises good times, delicious food, two parades, and live music on four stages, the tall ship “Lynx,” crowning of the Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat, the Virginia Oyster Shucking Contest and more.
posted 10.31.2017
‘Sixty years of history, heritage, contributions’
image“The Urbanna Oyster Festival has demonstrated to visitors and Virginians alike that Virginia is for oyster lovers,” states the certificate from Governor Terry McAuliffe formally recognizing the 60th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival to be held November 3-4.
posted 10.11.2017
‘Virginia Oyster Festival’ to be officially recognized
The Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation has been notified that Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore will reaffirm on Wednesday, October 4, at 10 a.m. in Urbanna that the annual festival continues to be the state’s “official oyster festival.”
posted 09.27.2017
Oyster Festival program to include tourism guide
Urbanna Town Council voted to spend $2,000 to expand the Urbanna Oyster Festival Program with a section that will promote upcoming Urbanna events. The 4-page “tourism guide” will focus specifically on Urbanna as a tourist destination, said Michelle Brown, the Middlesex Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator.
posted 09.20.2017
Oyster Festival Captain has ties to the water on both sides of his family
imageThe Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation has named Rufus Ruark Jr. of Urbanna the 60th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival Captain. The festival will be held on November 3-4. Ruark is owner of Shores and Ruark Seafood Co. and Urbanna Seafood Market & Raw Bar at 453 Johnsons Dr. on Robinson Creek, about a mile outside of the Town of Urbanna.
posted 08.23.2017
Urbanna native, historian, civic leader named Oyster Festival grand marshal
imageLooking at Larry Chowning’s desk at the Southside Sentinel you might think he’s unorganized. You’d be wrong. In his files, and piles of papers, are decades of historical photos and documents discovered during his 40 years of digging up the past.
posted 08.16.2017
Check out these photos from previous years!

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen Contestants

Oyster Festival contestant raises funds for young CHD patient
imageUrbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Kelleigh Seay and her Little Miss Spat contestant Ryleigh O'Bier came together to raise awareness of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) and to raise money for youngster Waylen Cheatham to help cover his medical expenses.
posted 10.31.2017
Festival Queen contestant helps stressed animals find good homes
imageTogether, Oyster Festival Queen contestant Kimberly Price and her Little Miss Spat contestant Claire Dise helped the Middlesex Animal Shelter, which is a very small shelter at Cooks Corner that is in need of as many supplies and funds as it can get.
posted 10.18.2017
Festival queen contestant puts the emphasis on art
imageUrbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Macey Horne and her Little Miss Spat contestant Jocelynn Nester came together to raise money for something they both enjoy and think is important—art.
posted 10.11.2017
Oyster Festival Queen contestant declares war on suicide depression
imageOyster Festival Queen contestant Emilie Smith and her Little Miss Spat contestant Annie Bray came together to spread awareness of teenage depression and suicide.
posted 10.04.2017
Festival Queen contestant puts focus on sports-related injuries
imageUrbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Haley Revere and her Little Miss Spat contestant Allison Duke decided together their community service project would be to raise "Awareness of Concussions and Sports Related Injuries throughout Middlesex County."
posted 09.27.2017
Festival Queen contestant joins worldwide fight against asthma
imageUrbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Reilly Price knows that nothing should be taken for granted, especially the ability to breathe easily. Asthma is something that affects millions of people worldwide, including Price.
posted 09.20.2017
Seven high school seniors seek title of 2017 Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen
imageUrbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Tiarah Hayes and her Little Miss Spat Tatiana Washington united together to uplift and empower young girls in their community with the “I am Loving Me” project. With all of the standards set for females in today's society, Hayes felt it is extremely important for girls to learn and understand the power and beauty that they, as females, hold.
posted 09.13.2017

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