Fulton prepares for 32nd annual Oysterfest

By by gheni platenburg/gplatenburg@vicad.com
Feb. 23, 2011 at 1:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2011 at 8:23 p.m.

The city of Fulton is gearing up for its 32nd annual Oysterfest.

The festival, which starts March 3, is sponsored by the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department.

"It's a very family-friendly event," said Margaret Bowman, one of the festival's organizers. "There's something for people of all ages."

The annual festival is held to raise money to go toward purchasing equipment for the fire department.

Bowman said the festival first began to fund the purchase of a "jaws of life."

This year, the fire department is hoping to raise money toward building a new fire house, which is estimated to cost around $1.5 million.

"Everything they have has been paid for through proceeds from Oysterfest," Bowman said about the fire department.

Festival-goers can partake in the carnival, as well as the raw oyster eating-and-shucking contests.

Also, there will be live music, dancing, arts and crafts vendors and food booths, including an oyster bar and beer garden.

All the food booths are maintained by area non-profit groups.

"You're helping the community any way you look at it," said Bowman.



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