Photo by Mark Larson
Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass.
The 29th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival managed to pack the Arcata Plaza with thousands of attendees on Saturday, despite some unusual drama in the days before the event. First there was the local beer controversy
and then the last-minute health crisis — oops, a math error, no crisis — regarding the safety of the 130,000+plus local oysters from Humboldt Bay to be eaten at the event, which is organized by Arcata Main Street as its primary fundraiser.
The early morning foggy overcast burned off in early afternoon for the usual event line up of live music, an oyster-calling contest for children and adults, and the Shuck & Swallow oyster-eating contest, as well as the food and beer venues. See more about winners of the Best Oyster contest here
, and a slideshow of the day's highlights below.