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Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival Date Announced

Photo Courtesy Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, 41st Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival Photo Courtesy Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, 41st Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival
 CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (WBOC) – The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce has announced plans are in the works for the 42nd Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival on Oct. 11, 2014.

The event will get underway at 10 a.m. at Tom's Cove Park located at 8128 Beebe Rd. in Chincoteague. Tickets are $40 each for ages 5 and above.

From noon to 4 p.m., the band “Island Boy” will perform as attendees enjoy seafood from nearby waters including oysters on the half shell, steamed, single-fried and fritters. Other items on the menu include clam chowder, clam fritters, a salad bar, french fries, hush puppies, hot dogs and drinks. Beer will be sold separately. 

“This is just a really fun party. It is one of our big fundraisers and of course our mission is to promote tourism to the Chincoteague area and serve the business community,” said Evelyn Shotwell, Executive Director of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. “The money from the event is used for marketing and efforts to do that.”

Shotwell said each year the Chamber sells about 2,700 tickets to the Annual Oyster Festival. 

 The title for “Best Decorated Space” will once again be up for grabs. People are encouraged to get together and decide on a theme and decorate to win. 

“People will bring their pop-up tents and put picnic tables under them. They will decorate their area with any sort of theme, last year someone focused on the NASA photobombing frog. We have a committee that goes around and takes everybody's picture and judges each entry based on creativity and other criteria to pick a winner,” said Shotwell. 

The Chamber of Commerce's “Extravaganza of prizes” will be raffled off on festival day. Miss Jean will be selling tickets the day of the festival at the Extravaganza tent. Prizes up for grabs include an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Oyster Festival as well as other gifts, gift certificates for lodging, dining, bike rentals, boat cruises and ice cream. 

Tuesday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail to connect travelers to the state's oyster industry. 

“Virginia produces the best oysters in the world and as the oyster industry continues to grow, we want to let it be known that Virginia is also the Oyster Capital of the East Coast,” Gov. McAuliffe said in a news release. “In addition to growing, harvesting and selling the best oysters, our watermen are providing good jobs in their communities, generating revenue and tax dollars throughout their region, and helping improve the environment of the Chesapeake Bay as their oysters filter millions of gallons of water each day.”

According to the oyster trail's website, the newly launched trail links visitors with Virginia oyster purveyors and restaurants, raw bars and the long-standing watermen culture throughout the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia's Eastern Shore.

“From briny to mild, oysters have been bringing local flavor to Virginia since the first inhabitants harvested them from our waters," said Gov. McAuliffe.

The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce said shirts for the Oyster Festival will be available soon. For updates, follow them on Facebook. 

Tickets are available for purchase at Happiest Seaside Town shirts are available by calling (757) 336-6161. 

For more information on the Virginia Oyster Trail, visit

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