38th Annual Fulton Oysterfest
WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017
Arts & Crafts Tent: 5pm-10pm
ADMISSION: Thursday only: $2 (includes Fireworks)
Active Military: FREE
Fri-Sat-Sun: $4 (12 and Over)
Friday, Mar. 3, 2017
Arts & Crafts Tent: 5pm-10pm
Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017
Arts & Crafts Tent: 10am-10pm
Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017
Arts & Crafts Tent: 10am-6pm
Yep, it’s that time again! Time for the 38th Annual Fulton Oysterfest, supporting the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department, will get underway this year on Thursday, March 2nd!! Grounds and the Arts and Crafts tent will be open 5pm-10pm with popular musicians Dean Adamson & Rowdy H playing from 5:30-8:30pm! These artists will grab your attention and get the groove going right from the start. The fireworks display begins promptly at 8:30pm and next out of the gate is one of the great country music entertainers of this century, Cody Joe Hodges who will be playing from 9-11pm! This “outlaw country” performer has performed in Nashville and garnered awards such as 2016 Rising Star for the Country Music Association of Texas; was nominated for 2015 Country Male Artist of the Year, Country Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for the International Music and Entertainment Association. Whew…all this and its’ only the first day of Oysterfest 2017!!
All this action on opening night and get this…ADMISSION ON THURSDAY IS ONLY $2!!!
The opening of Oysterfest is always an exciting beginning to a spectacular four days of food, live music, dancing, fireworks, parade, vendors, contests with BIG cash prizes (for example the Oyster Shucking Contest: 1st Place - $700, 2nd Place - $200 and 3rd Place - $100), and all of this fun and entertainment supports the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department! And don’t forget…Oysterfest always has the biggest, coolest carnival rides around for families with kids of all ages!!
So much to do and see! Better plan on spending all 4 days so you can take part in everything Oysterfest has to offer!
Friday through Sunday, the admission fee is $5 (12 and over) with active duty military gaining free admission. In addition, free trolley pickup begins (9th and Chaparral), and will continue through Sunday making it easier than ever to get to Oysterfest! Musical guests Purple Sage will open things up playing from 5pm-7:30pm and these guys will have you dancing on the tables! But guess who’s up next – it’s Riptide – and they’ll be giving it their all for you from 9pm-11pm! A local favorite, Riptide is known for not taking breaks and not having a set list to go by. Playing 50’s and 60’s rock-n-roll, surf, swing, honkey tonk, rock-a-billy, blues and more you’ll probably wear out the soles on your shoes tonight! Don’t get all your dancing done tonight though because there’s plenty more where that came from.
On Saturday, the biggest and most awesome parade on the Texas Coast starts at 11am and proceeds north down Fulton Beach Road ending at the Oysterfest Grounds. You’ll be in for the time of your life! The music gets going with Ernie from noon-2pm with T. Kaye & Bandana Rose taking the stage from 2pm-4pm! This music is straight up Texas honky tonk dancehall; two steppin music from current and classic country to southern rock and blues favorites. You’ll be fired up and on the dance floor in no time!! But wait a minute here, up next its Charles Thibodeaux and the Cajun Aces, playing from 4pm-6pm. These talented musicians from Austin will really get your fire a burning with their cool and unique style on traditional Cajun tunes. You are sure to “Pass a Good Time” when you come out and enjoy their music. Oh yeah…Joie de Vivre or as we Texans say: Joy of Living!
If you’re a fan of traditional country music and western swing, you’re not going to want to miss out on the next musical artists playing from 6pm-8pm. Are ya ready for a night of good old fashioned boot scootin? Great! Cause you won’t want to miss a night out with the Rocky King Band. Fronted by fiddler Rocky King of Seguin, these guys tour dance halls all over the state with lots of twin fiddling and steel guitar pickin which makes a huge difference in the sound of this style of music.
Oh but just you wait… because up next is Darren Brown playing from 8pm-10pm. This talented musician is in the Texas Country Music Association Hall of Fame and he’ll be tearing it up for you with great traditional country songs, a touch of southern rock, as well as originals songs that have been described by Country Legend Johnny Bush as some of the “best country music he’d heard in years”. Ending the evening’s festivities from 10pm-Midnight is none other than everyone’s favorite songbird - Charlie Mykels!! How’s that for a super Saturday??
The fun and musical entertainment never stops during Oysterfest! On Sunday, the music starts with Songs of Glory at 10am, followed by Lost But Found playing from 10:30 until noon. Favorite local band, Tumble Dry Low will have everyone hopping from 12-2pm, with Bob Appel bringing you musical traditions of times gone by to you here at Oysterfest, performing from 2pm-4pm. Musical talent Three Way Street will be knocking it out of the park from 4pm-6pm with their cool tunes and have everyone begging for just one more!
Is this some great musical entertainment or what? A big Texas THANK YOU to Oysterfest officials for bringing some great entertainment to the biggest party around!
There is so much going on ALL the time at Oysterfest it’s impossible to put it all down on paper. With the fantastic line-up of musical entertainers there are also other awesome things happening like the Men’s and Women’s Raw Oyster Eating Contest, Oyster Shucking Contest, along with great food and more entertainers like the Texas Gypsies and the Shaman Dura Dancers. Check the official Oysterfest schedule at: fultonoysterfest.org/index.html for details and times on all performances and happenings!
One of the most successful events on the Texas Coast, the success of Oysterfest is best summed up with the old saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” It was necessary back in 1947 when a horrific fire broke out and threatened the Town of Fulton. After bringing the fire under control, Fulton residents knew they needed a fire department and the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) was born.
In 1979, the FVFD was in need of rescue equipment. During a brainstorming session on how to raise the necessary funds, Oysterfest was born. The money raised with the first event gave the FVFD enough money to put down on Hurst Rescue Tools and the invaluable “Jaws Of Life”. Every year since then proceeds from Oysterfest have gone to help acquire the funds needed to purchase equipment, trucks and even a new state-of-the-art building to house the Fire Station. The FVFD is one of the top Fire Departments in the state!
The Fulton Oysterfest is a wonderful example of community coming together in the truest sense of the word! In other words, once a year for almost 40 years Fulton throws one heck of a party with a purpose that everyone can feel really good about! Its growth and continuing popularity proves this year after year! There is something for everyone, but the star of Oysterfest is, of course, the humble oyster. For those who love their oysters, Oysterfest is an awesomely fun and special event, but even if you’re not a fan of oysters not to worry. Variety is the spice of life at Oysterfest, and you’ll find plenty of things to choose from - thrilling carnival rides, lots of other delicious food and drinks along with CONTINUOUS live entertainment, music, and shopping.
AND…don’t you dare forget your T-Shirt because they do tend to run out, usually before Saturday night.
Be sure and mark your calendars for the first weekend of March and come join all the fun going down in Fulton! Remember, Oysterfest comes only once a year so you best not miss out. Make those hotel reservations early and we’ll be on the lookout for you at the 38th Annual Oysterfest!!!