Fulton Oysterfest Celebrates 40 Years Presented by: Fulton Volunteer Fire Department

Fulton, TX (February 18, 2019) – Don’t miss the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department’s celebration of one of America’s favorite seafood delicacies; it’s the 40th Annual Oysterfest on the waterfront at the Fulton Harbor on March 7-10. The event starts Thursday at 5p.m. Fireworks are back for the 6th year – bigger and better each year and will begin at 8p.m. on Thursday.

Shuck and slurp your way to cash prizes

If you love to eat oysters, you’ll find the freshest ones here and you will find them prepared in many delicious ways. If you really love to eat oysters, you might consider entering the oyster eating contest. There’s one for men and one for women, with a top prize of $200 for the winner of each contest. Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 in each category. Men’s contest begins on Saturday, March 9, 3 p.m. and women’s contest is on Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. If you think you can get these tasty morsels out of their shells in the blink of an eye, enter the oyster shucking contest at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 with a chance to take home the top prize of $700.

One of the most unique contests at Oysterfest is the Oyster Decorating Contest. If you can dream it, you can make it. Put on your Oyster caps and see what you can make with these easy to acquire shells. The creations will be judged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8. Your imagination is the only limit for a chance at the coveted trophy and cash prizes are awarded to the Top 3 contestants.

The festival opens Thursday, March 7 with $2 gate entry and FREE for active military 2, Fri, Sat and Sun admission is $5 per person (12 yrs. and over. Enjoy Arts and Crafts vendors and musical entertainment each day. The carnival will also be open all 4 days. Boo the Clown will be available throughout the weekend. A free Bus pickup will be available on 9th and Chaparral streets. Buses will run the streets of Fulton. Thursday live music will include music by Rowdy H., Bobby Flores and Dean Adamson.

Friday, March 8, Oysterfest is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; the Arts & Crafts area closes at 11 p.m. Purple Sage performs from 5 p.m.-7:30p.m. Riptide closes out the night, performing from 9 p.m.-to-11 p.m.

On Saturday, March 9, the Oysterfest parade begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of S. Fulton Beach Road and Traylor Blvd. It will proceed North down Fulton Beach Road and concludes at the festival grounds on the waterfront. Entertainment throughout the day will include: Ernie, T Kaye and Bandana Rose, Charles Le Bouex, Darrin Brown, and Charlee Mykels. Texas Gypsies will perform 2:30-3p.m. on the outside stage. Grounds are open 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. There will be excellent Arts & Crafts from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The grounds and Arts & Crafts are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Song of Glory will start the live entertainment at 10 a.m. Sunday Morning. Other entertainment will include Lost but Found, Whiskey Bent, and Rocky King Band. Gabriel Fidel will conclude the event

This popular four-day event attracts more than 30,000 attendees and began as a labor of love by the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department. Funds are used to purchase life-saving and firefighting equipment. Oysterfest proceeds are still a major source of funds for fire protection equipment in the community.

To volunteer, call or text 361-463-9955 or email fultonoysterfest@gmail.com

For more information on the Fulton Oysterfest visit www.fultonoysterfest.org For more information on places to stay and other community events contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at (361) 729.6445 or (800) 242.0071, www.rockport-fulton.org or via email at tourism@1rockport.org.

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