Province supports Tyne Valley Oyster Festival

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Annual event receives almost $44,000

TYNE VALLEY — The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival and its Rock the Boat concert have gotten an injection of almost $44,000 from the provincial government. 

Toronto’s Eamon Clark raises his hands in victory as he’s named Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship. The 27-year-old from Toronto beat out former Canadian and world champ Patrick McMurray, background, in the first-ever shuck off at the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival event held Friday night at the community sport centre. Clark will represent Canada at the World Oyster Opening Championship in Galway, Ireland, later this year.

The investment, said Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley, is aimed at helping festival organizers expand the festival and attract a wider audience.

“The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival has been a popular draw in western Prince Edward Island for 50 years,” said MacKinley. “These investments will allow the festival to grow and attract a wider variety of visitors which should have a positive impact on local business, the surrounding community, and the oyster industry.”

MacKinley’s department has provided the festival with $38,775 through the Island Community Fund to build necessary infrastructure to host the festival’s Rock the Boat concert, a new event added to this year’s festival.

The department has also invested $5,000 to sponsor the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship and the festival’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most oysters shucked in one hour by 10 oyster shuckers.

“The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival continues to grow in popularity each year and we are pleased with the level of support we have received from the provincial government to develop a concert site at Green Park to continue to expand our festival,” said Jeff Noye, festival president.

The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival runs from July 31 to Aug. 3. For more information, visit www.peioysterfest.com.

 

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