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30 photos: Oyster Fest’s makes triumphant return after a two-year COVID hiatus

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Judging by the thousands of people who swarmed Oyster Bay this weekend, this year’s Oyster Fest was well worth the three-year wait since the last one.

Catholic Health and the Rotary Club of Oyster hosted the annual event that routinely attracts more than 150,000 attendees each year, according to the event’s official webpage. The event was not held the last two Octobers due to canellations related to COVID-19.

“The annual Oyster Festival is a wonderful celebration of community and camaraderie,” Patrick O’Shaughnessy, president and CEO of Catholic Health, said in a statement on the event webpage. “At Catholic Health, we feel a deep connection to community and to Long Island’s heritage. It’s an honor to partner with the Town of Oyster Bay and the Oyster Bay Charitable Fund for this weekend event, one that truly reflects Long Island’s unique character.”

The 39th incarnation of the event boasted live musical performances, artisans, pirate shows and midway rides. As for food and drink, there were plenty of oyster, clam and other seafood creations, as well as an array of carnival eats and $8 beers at the new Belgium Beer Garden.

Hundreds of attendees gathered to witness the oyster eating contest unfold, in which contestants try to be the first to eat 36 oysters in two minutes and 40 seconds.

GreaterOysterBay attended the first day of this year’s Oyster Fest. Please scroll down and click through the numbered boxes below to feel all our snapshots of the fun.

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