Milford Oyster Festival kicks off Saturday - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Milford Oyster Festival kicks off Saturday

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MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The 39th annual Milford Oyster Festival kicks off Saturday with lots of food, music and crafts expected for this weekend.

While Connecticut had an oyster recall earlier this month, festival goers have no need to worry. The East Coast Shellfish Growers Association handles it all, and since they bring in oysters from all the way up in Maine to down in Virginia, there's plenty to go around.

"We have shuckers coming in from around the country, two who we love from the Acme Oyster House down in New Orleans, they're back with us and they're going to serve up 20,000 oysters," said Paula Smith of Milford Oyster Festival.

In addition to the main entertainment of oysters, there will be a car show, 200 arts and crafts vendors on the Green, amusement park rides, schooner cruises, canoe and kayak races. The event will be headlined by a performance by the popular jam band, Blues Traveler.

Organizers of the Milford Oyster Festival, which starts at 10 a.m., said with the nice weather, this could be a record-breaking year.

""We average 50-55,000 people," Smith said. "It's going to be an outstanding weekend for weather, so given that, I think it might be a little bit more crowded."

Oyster Eve, which is the annual kick-off event the night before, will begin at 6 p.m. Friday evening and will run until around 9:30 p.m. at Lisman Landing.

For more information about the event, click here.

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