Urbanna Oyster Festival On Virginia’s Rappahannock River

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It’s this weekend: the 56th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is set for November 1 and 2, 2013, along the Rappahannock River in Urbanna, Virginia (note: this is a rural community with a land mass of less than half a square mile in a sheltered deep-water creek on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay — it’s one of seven different oyster regions in the state).

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. You’ll find oysters, of course, but also a parade, queen contest and (of course) oyster-shucking contest.

Did you know that Virginia is known as the Oyster Capital of the East Coast and that the state is now the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters in America?

(Photo courtesy of Oyster Company of Virginia)