41st Annual Oysterfest

What do you get when a small town volunteer fire department needs to raise funds? Oysterfest!  A fun filled festival dedicated to the tasty little bi-valve found in the surrounding waters. Oysters are harvested from the surrounding bays of Rockport/Fulton. In the early 19th century, oysters were a cheap food source and mainly eaten by the working class. By the early 20th century they were considered a delicacy. Oysters can have a fairly long shelf life of up to 4 weeks, however the taste becomes less pleasant as they age. Oysters can be eaten raw, fried, steamed, in stews and in a variety of other dishes. They are also used in a variety of drinks. Ever had an oyster shooter?

It was once thought that you should only eat oysters in months with the letter R in them. This myth is based in fact. In the coastal areas of Texas, where the waters warm up, oysters are much more likely to spoil in the months of May, June, July, and August. But if the water is cold enough year round, they are just fine.  Over fishing and pressure from diseases and pollution have reduced supplies, but they remain a popular treat and are celebrated in oyster festivals in many places. 

Oysterfest helps raise funds for the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department. For more information on the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department please visit the following link,  Fulton Volunteer Fire Department.  All proceeds raised by the festival are used to purchase new equipment, training, maintenance and has even helped to build a new fire station. Oysterfest revenue is the major source of funding for life-saving and firefighting equipment in the community. This year, the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department is pulling all the stops for the 41st annual event!

Oysterfest offers food, drink, entertainment, and shopping. The festival opens on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at the Fulton Harbor from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be a fireworks display this year on the opening night, starting at 8:00 p.m. sharp. Friday, March 6th, 2020, the grounds will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Saturday, March 8th, 2015 the grounds will open at 10:00 a.m. This is when the fun really starts. There will be a parade starting at 11:00 a.m. and will run down Traylor Ave. to Fulton Beach Road and end up at the fairgrounds. There will also be an oyster eating contest, one for men and one for women, with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. An oyster shucking contest with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. There are carnival rides and games for the young and young at heart. There will be live entertainment in the form of bands and usually you will be treated to a performance of belly dancing. An arts and crafts tent will be set up for shopping and browsing. There are all types of food vendors there. Plus all the raw oysters you can eat. What could be better than that? For more information on Oysterfest, please visit the following link, http://www.fultonoysterfest.org.

Trying to locate lodging for Oysterfest can sometimes be frustrating, but here at Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways one of our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect place to stay. With everything ranging from cottages to large homes, we are sure to have a home to accommodate your needs. Check us out atwww.rockporthomerentals.com for your lodging needs. For example, the historical Harbor Lights Cottages are right across the street from the Oysterfest grounds. These cute cottages have been around for many years. There is also a swimming pool onsite!  We manage 5 of these units. If you are looking for to do some fishing and want to stay on the bay when you come down for OysterFest, check out The Cat’s Meow.  When you check in, be prepared for beautiful sunsets and cool bay breezes.  We have been taking reservations for OysterFest weekend for a few months now.  Come on down and enjoy the fun!