Is TheUrbanna Oyster Festival a drunkfest?

Created by Middlesex County Resident on Feb 16, 2008

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Urbanna, Virginia

#62 Nov 10, 2008
Rod McMordie

Springfield, VA

#63 Nov 15, 2008
I am on the Oyster Festival Foundation. I live inside the Urbanna Town Limits. I am not an Ivy league snob. Nor am I a drunk who supports serving alcohol to minors.

I've been reading all of the posts about how the Oyster Festival has turned into a drunkfest. I've been coming to this thing since 1982. The drinking and partying was much worse then.

Someone said something about there being no police presence. We have police from all over the state come here and help with security. This year the State Police cut the funding for security. Less money means less cops. Not our fault. We tried to have the speed limits outside of town changed to make people slow down. VDOT said it was too much trouble to change them even temporarily. So, that's not our fault.

My daughter went to school with the kid that got killed last year. I know this is a cop out, but, the Festival closes at 7pm on Friday and he was walking down the road after midnight past all of the lights in the parking areas. The woman who hit him had been drinking at the Fireman's Dance behind the firehouse. That isn't part of the Oyster Festival. It's a fund raiser for the Fire Department. I think she got 9 years in prison for leaving the scene/hit and run.

Most of the money made by the Foundation goes towards educational pursuits. It pays for the scholarship offered to the Oyster Festival Queen and it pays to educate kids in our schools about how delicate the balance is between the Chesapeake Bay and mankind really is.

So what if people come here an party and have a good time. For those of us who live here, it's one of the only times we get to see old friends and family.

The problem is people don't take personal responsibility for their actions. If you are caught drinking and driving, you should lose your license indefinetly. If you hurt or kill someone, you should do time. Alot of time.

Like another poster said, if you don't like it, don't come!

Oh, and for the poster that said something about Rosegill... Rosegill is one of the oldest structures/plantations in Virginia. The farm isn't even inside of Urbanna. So it wasn't our call wether or not they built there. The main reason the people that own the place got upset with Urbanna is because we wouldn't let them hook up to our town sewer and water. They wanted to hook up 450 houses for free and pay a reduced rate. Not gonna happen!!! And, for the record, it's Rosegill, not Rosegille.

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Attention Rod McMordie

Urbanna, VA

#64 Nov 17, 2008
I think you have lost your mind!! Go research the facts and try again. I'll give you a hint... the Oyster Festival does not shut down at 7pm on Fridays.

IF, AND I EMPHASIZE IF, you are part of the Oyster Festival Foundation, you need to be removed for poor representation.

If you or anyone you know, knew that girl that killed that kid - ONCE AGAIN HIS NAME IS JOSHUA -that your daughter went to school with, was at the beer garden drinking than you should have come forward. That drunk got away with murdering Joshua and dragging his body 150 feet down the road in front of his 10 year old brother, a young lady, and another 10 year old child. What type of citizen/person/parent are you? What if Joshua was your child?

You are a poor example of what our children need for role models in their life to guide them in making the right or wrong decisionS.
Say What Rod

United States

#65 Nov 17, 2008
I would like to also point out that kid wasn't walking around after mid-night for he was already dead by 10 pm. You then say that The festival has police from all over the State at this event, but then you argue that the State Police cut the funding for security. It seems to me that if you don't have enough security, then this event is putting people's life at danger. As for VDOT not reducing the speed limit because it's too much of a hassle, it's like a person life isn't worth the the trouble. That's a shame for you to even say that. As for the festival being closed at 7pm and that the Oyster Festival doesn't have anything to do with the 2 beer gardens is also crazy when you advertise in the brochure about these 2 beer gardens. It looks to me that the Foundation is promoting!!! I would suggest that people wanting to visit you and party and have a good time to do that at Christmas or some other holiday, for we all know most people get days off during the holidays. And please be responsible! If you are truly a part of this foundation, you sure did put your foot in your mouth!!!
Say What Rod

United States

#66 Nov 17, 2008
BTW Rod, I'm sure the Oyster Festival Foundation wouldn't want you to be a spokesman for them, because you do sound like a stuck up, Ivy league, over educated idoit!!!!!!!!
Shame on McMordie

Urbanna, VA

#67 Nov 17, 2008
Your words are nothing but contradictions. You are a disgrace and an embarrassment. If I was on the Foundation, I would nominate for you to be booted off.

On top of it, you are disrespecting that young man's life and his family. If you did have knowledge and didn't share, you deserve to sit in jail as well. How can you live with yourself?
ROO573R

Gloucester, VA

#68 Nov 19, 2008
This place sucks! Can't state the facts without someone cying about something. All anyone ever has for the people actually contributing around here are insults. If you say someone is wrong and don't give any reasons why, you aren't saying anything but "Look at me! I'm so awesome at the internet! I can insult people!" So I just stopped in to say a few things.
Attention Rod McMordie wrote:
I'll give you a hint... the Oyster Festival does not shut down at 7pm on Fridays.
Yes it does. After the Firemen's Parade the "Festival" is officially over. All the stands close down. Firehouse dance goes on though.
Attention Rod McMordie wrote:
IF, AND I EMPHASIZE IF, you are part of the Oyster Festival Foundation, you need to be removed for poor representation.
Removed for poor representation? Ok, I have no idea who Rod is but it all made sense to me. You all are hung up on something that happened last year. Let's talk about NOW.
Forgive me. I've made my peace with the situation and the family so just spare me, ok? If you want to make a valid point leave JOSHUA out of it already. And right now you're thinking I have nerve. You're all starting to sound like morons yourself. Seriously.
k. flame on.
can't wait to read how much everyone hates me.
DVL

King William, VA

#69 Nov 19, 2008
I love this site. It's even better than the "Sound off" section of glo-quips, and that's a barrel of laughs in itself! Look, what happened last year was tragic. There's no denying that. I didn't know him personally, but I know people who did. But I have been going to Ofest since I can remember - both before I was 21 and since. You cannot blame what happened on a lack of security. Most everyone who goes to the "Fireman's Dance" are responsible enough to have drivers or a place to stay. This is the first death I remember. To call for everything alcohol-related to be removed because of one tragic incident is irresponsible. I understand the motivation And I'm angered that she only got 9 years - that was a joke. But think of the number of people who are there drinking every year, and how few accidents there have been, comparitively speaking. Rooster is right. Most of those who are throwing the festival under the bus are just making statements without basis - purely emotional arguments. Sure, what happened was emotionally evoking and tragic - there's no denying that. But, with all the respect in the world for family & friends, trying to destroy the festival and it's reputation in his name tarnishs him to those who look at this thread with a level, unbiased mind. Please stop. From all accounts he was a hell ova good person. Stop trying to tarnish Urbanna and turning him into a cause. He deserves better than that.
A DrunkFest for Sure

AOL

#70 Nov 24, 2008
I haven't been to the Oyster Festival in about 15 years. Too gross there for me. I attended a few times while in college, but it had sure gone down hill since then! The last time I was at the Oyster Festival was in a professional capacity. My husband and I owned a catering business that serves food at events nationally. We had heard that the Oyster Festival was a good one and decided to give it a try. Not only was it the nastiest festival we EVER participated in, it was the most "out of control". The food inspectors were a joke. I saw the dirtiest food set ups in my career. There were an overwhelming number of people drunk out of their minds and security turned their heads. I was amazed that this was allowed - encouraged - in what appears to be a wonderful town. And before you call me a "goodie - two - shoes" or out of touch with "fun"; we also have catered the Sturgis Biker Festival for over twenty years. Sturgis is the largest biker festival in the world. Sturgis looks like "Disney World" campared to the Oyster Festival. It needs to stop! As far as DVL goes, I bet they would be singing a different tune if it was a close friend or family member that was injured or killed. One person is one person too many!
MHSstudent

Saluda, VA

#71 Dec 3, 2008
yes. they cart drunks off on golf carts all day long.
One Day

Urbanna, VA

#72 Dec 5, 2008
One day, the world will learn that it does not require alcohol to have an enjoyable time.
Should have restrictions

Gloucester, VA

#73 Dec 8, 2008
Unfortunately, Urbanna's events always has booze! I noticed Rod said that the beer garden is a part of the firehouse. Then why is it even allowed? I thought they were an origination to help protect citizens of the county! Why are they promoting alcohol when they know the effects from drinking? Maybe, it's the need for something to happen , so they are called to help someone and feel like they are a hero, maybe that call will be too late! Maybe it's the thing about how the Middlesex County Fire And Rescue wants to now charge for the services they render, more injuries means more business. I also noticed the article in the Southside sentinel about the 125 treated at the temporary hospital at the festival, seems like alot for such a small event. I wonder if places like Busch Gardens treat that many people in a single day or even two days? That would be an interesting find! In that same article they stated the number of drunks that were arrested, but they don't mention the number of the ones that got away that were allowed to drive away. I never seen one sobriety checkpoint. One drunk driver is one too many on the road. Personally, I think the festival can do without the booze. I don't think it's necessary for our children to be hanging out with a bunch of people drinking and showing them that it's cool to party in the streets! And we wonder why alcohol is the number one killer of our youth!!
Correct

Urbanna, VA

#74 Dec 10, 2008
One drunk driver is one too many on the road. Personally, I think the festival can do without the booze. I don't think it's necessary for our children to be hanging out with a bunch of people drinking and showing them that it's cool to party in the streets! And we wonder why alcohol is the number one killer of our youth!!

I do agree. A family event should stay a family event. Young impressionable minds are influenced by what they see their elders doing.
ROO573R

United States

#75 Dec 15, 2008
Should have restrictions wrote:
Unfortunately, Urbanna's events always has booze! I noticed Rod said that the beer garden is a part of the firehouse. Then why is it even allowed? I thought they were an origination to help protect citizens of the county! Why are they promoting alcohol when they know the effects from drinking? Maybe, it's the need for something to happen , so they are called to help someone and feel like they are a hero, maybe that call will be too late! Maybe it's the thing about how the Middlesex County Fire And Rescue wants to now charge for the services they render, more injuries means more business. I also noticed the article in the Southside sentinel about the 125 treated at the temporary hospital at the festival, seems like alot for such a small event. I wonder if places like Busch Gardens treat that many people in a single day or even two days? That would be an interesting find!
Wow. You guys reach so far.

The firehouse makes money for the firehouse from the beer garden. Probably quite a bit too, and I think they probably like that. It's a volunteed organization. This is where they probably get most of there income. You think they are causing accidents to respond to? "More injuries more business?" That's the most absurd thing I've read on this site yet. WTF is wrong with you people?

No one takes people and shoves alcohol down their throats. No one gets another person drunk. Ever. I hope you can comprehend this. The drunk people are the problem. The ones that can't say when and are idiots. People should be able to drink casually and be fine and many are, contrary to popular belief on this site.

And Bush Gardens doesn't hold a candle to the amount of people that are at the ofest. please.

And that hospital helped people too. We should get rid of that, eh?
anonymous

Virginia Beach, VA

#76 Dec 18, 2008
Man thats a great idea, lets shut down all the bars and ban all alcohol in the urbanna oyster fest. That will stop people from killing each other. and we can shut down all the bars on granby street in norfolk too and everywhere in the US. oh wait the government tried that in 1920. and oh better yet they even the repealed it. making it legal for hard working Americans a chance to responsibly have a good time on the weekends. Don't group a good community festival because of 1 bad egg.I think responsibility speaks loudest. Shawna Lindy had a previous record and ran from the scene. she was not convicted of an alocohol crime. Really people, is it the alcohol that kills people or the irresponsible ones that drive even if they cant even walk. extra police units are pulled in from all surrounding counties on both days of the festival to arrest the idiots. Think about it people..
Cpt George

Woodland, WA

#77 May 24, 2009
Brittle Fingers wrote:
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What the heck are you guys talking about?
this is a stupid poll
Terry -Herb-Rachael

Richmond, VA

#78 Jun 19, 2009
My daughter,husband and myself go every year. Sometmes we drink sometimes we don't. My husband is always the DD. We look forward to coming every year and love the atmosphere there. I personally have not seen much that you would call out of line. We all take a vacation day to go on Friday. We would be terribly disapointed if things were to change. I think the town and the people do a great job!!!!!!!!!!
urbanna-fest-or- bust

AOL

#79 Sep 25, 2009
all u jaggoffs that commented negatively on the fest prob voted for the darky. Its a freakin party people..eat, get drunk.. dance... drive your BOAT home, now theres an idea. Or better yet pass the F#$% out on your boat. Ive been attending the oyster fest since christ was a pup and lemmie tell ya its a blast!! Nothing like lots of hot women booze music and hugemongus turkey let, ohh and cant forget the whole reason it started OYSTERS...who would have thought a town party with MEANING. Celebrate the harvest!!!

to all you that dont agree I hope you fall off the bridge on your walk to urbanna fest. HA
seeing ahead

Tappahannock, VA

#80 Nov 11, 2009
i think they need to do away with the oyster fest. it no longer really helps the local bussiness it trashes the town. the only people having fun is alholics.. too many people land in a much crowdwd jail children get forgotton it not fun anymore .its like trying to do woodstock over again 1969.it cant be done . i know i was there.and here.
lee

Hampton, VA

#81 Oct 6, 2013
Ive been going to theis festival for over 20 years and I always have a blast. It has gotten a little pricey but we have lots of fun at the fire station dance. I think they ought to lower the price of beer to $2.00 from $4.00 cause it costs too much to get a buzz. I always have a designated driver.

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