Urbanna Oyster Festival will be held this weekend
, 2014

Urbanna Oyster Festival
will be held this weekend

by Tom Chillemi

The 55th Urbanna Oyster Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, November 2-3. There’ll be food, bands, dancing, performances, crafts, the queen crowning and two parades.

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Cafe Mojo in Urbanna will host the Mojo Music Festival at 230 Virginia Street during the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The music begins with Mercy Creek at 10 p.m. Thursday, November 1. It continues Friday, November 2, with Shane Cooley at noon, Mercy Creek at 2, 4 and 6 p.m., James Justin & Co. (above) at 3, 5 and 8 p.m., Stuck On A Name at 7 and 9 p.m., Sweet Leda at 10 p.m. and Panic Years at midnight. On Saturday, Guy Burlage and Victor Paul take the stage at noon and 3 p.m., Mercy Creek at 1 and 4 p.m., Panic Years at 2 p.m. and Stuck On A Name at 5 p.m.

The Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation, festival sponsors, recently announced veteran railway operator Ed Deagle of Deltaville will serve as Captain of the festival and former Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner William “Bill” Pruitt will serve as grand marshal.

The streets of Urbanna will be lined with food vendors vying for the palates of tens of thousands of visitors. Oysters, prepared with flair, will be everywhere; bare on the half shell, roasted, warmed in stews, or “sandwiched” as fritters.

Boats on display at the Town Marina at Upton’s Point will include a replica of the tall ship “Godspeed,” which brought settlers to Jamestown in 1607, and two restored oyster buyboats, the “F.D. Crockett,” and “Propwash.”

Pirates from the Colonial Seaport Foundation will be rolling hogs heads of tobacco—showing how it was shipped in olden days. Also at the waterfront, there will be oystering exhibits and a canoe ride.

The Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat will be crowned at 4 p.m. in Festival Village.

The Firemen’s Parade will begin at 7 p.m. The firemen’s dance follows Friday’s parade at 8 p.m. at the firehouse.

On Saturday, the Virginia Oyster Shucking Championship is at 11 a.m. behind the firehouse.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Festival Parade winds its way through town on a different route and bypasses the main part of Virginia Street.

The parade will assemble at the former site of Urbanna Lumber and head east on Virginia Street, left on Grace Street, right on Bonner Street, left on Rappahannock Avenue, right on Marston Street, right on Cross Street, right on Prince George Street, left on Virginia Street, and return to the staging area.

On Saturday, 30-passenger trams will shuttle visitors across the bridge to and from parking areas on the Rosegill (east) side of town.

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