The 27th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival is Saturday on the Arcata Plaza and event organizers and community members partaking in the bivalve bash are busy with the final preparations.
“We have a lot of local businesses that will be serving oysters raw and cooked,” Arcata Main Street assistant event planner Mindy Hiley said.
Attending is free but vendors will be selling oysters, other food, drinks, art and goods, she said, adding that live music and contests will happen on stages throughout the day.
“New this year, we are having pre-sales of beverage tokens,” Hiley said.
Lines for these tokens at previous oyster festivals have been lengthy. Pre-bought tokens will be available at will call, she said. Alcohol will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Also new this year will be the “Flupsy Family Fun Zone” — named after oyster nurseries — where kids and families can enjoy the festivities.
“We’re going to have a bunch of different activities and a photo booth,” Hiley said.
Another addition to the festival is “Green Street” located on H Street between Seventh and Eighth streets, where booths focused on the health of the environment and Humboldt Bay will be located. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority and the Center for Sustainable Energy will put on an electric vehicle show and the Redwood National and State Parks and the Redwood Parks Conservancy will have booths, Hiley said.
“They will pass out park maps and trail information,” she said.
More than 13,000 people are expected to show up to the plaza Saturday so visitors should plan on walking or…
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