A festival that celebrates Chincoteague oysters and its harvest season is returning next weekend.
Organizer Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce says the sell-out festival will be held Oct. 9 at Tom’s Cove Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is a rain or shine event.
The Chincoteague Oyster Festival, an annual fall tradition for 47 years, was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Come and enjoy oysters — raw, steamed, fritters, and single fried; clam fritters, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, salad bar, hot dogs, hush puppies, and Boardwalk fries. Beverages are included in the ticket price with beer available for purchase.
Island Boy, a festival favorite for over 25 years, will provide live entertainment from noon-4 p.m.
An Extravaganza Raffle will be held with the winner receiving T-shirts, tickets, lodging, gift certificates for meals, and much more for the following year’s festival.
A favorite at the festival is the “Best Place/Space Award” which is given to the best decorated area.