Are you ready for some Oysters?
Oyster season officially begins today, October 15th and we kick it off in style each year by celebrating the North Carolina Oyster Festival. October 16 & 17, 2010 is the 30th anniversary of the ever popular NC event held at Ocean Isle Beach, NC and hosted by Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. With over 45,000 people attending, you don’t have to be an oyster lover to enjoy the sites, sounds & smells of a good time for all ages. In fact, the NC Oyster Festival won the 2007 award for North Carolina event of the year! Admission is only $5 per person while kids 8 & under are FREE.
The sites include Arts & Crafts Vendors, live music with dancing, a kid’s area, a FREE NASCAR simulator, and of course, the Oyster Shucking Contest (Sat 4-6pm) which is truly a thrill to witness.
The smells include delicious food vendors serving a variety from Gyros, chowders & BBQ sandwiches to homemade ice cream & funnel cakes. Be sure to taste the succulent local oysters and pick your personal favorite in the Oyster Stew Cook-off Sunday at Noon.
The sounds of the bands will make you smile. The music starts early on Sat. and will end with a Shag Contest on Sunday.
10am-12pm Craig Woolard Band 10am-12pm New Beginnings Praise Band
12pm-2pm Coastline Band 12pm-2pm Band of Oz
2pm-4pm Legends of the Beach Band 2pm-5pm The Imitations (Shag Contest)
4pm-6pm The Painted Man
Are you a runner? If so, be sure to enter the Road Race which includes a Fun Run, a 5K and a 10K for whatever level runner you are.
We sure hope you come to enjoy the Oyster Festival or visit our area this fall. The weather is perfectly comfortable usually in the 70’s, the summer crowds have faded, and the island feels like a private paradise once more. And yes, as of today, we still have the old Sunset Beach Bridge in operation. The Bridge Dedication, held Oct. 1st, was a success as well as the Sunset at Sunset Celebration which was Oct. 2nd. Our sources tell us traffic will be directed on to the new bridge sometime next week (around the 20th of October)- so come take one more drive over our historic Sunset Beach bridge.
So, if you are ready, let’s go walk on Sunset Beach this gorgeous morning down to the “Kindred Spirit” mailbox, head to Calabash for some roasted oysters for lunch and then welcome some weekend guests over at The Sunset Inn. I hope to see you!