This past weekend Oyster Bay celebrated our annual Oyster Festival. This event started as a homecoming parade for our local hero, Teddy Roosevelt, and slowly evolved into the largest outdoor festival on Long Island. Of course Stretch would never miss such a big event, and he’s very glad he didn’t pass it up this year because as it turns out, he had the opportunity to meet one of his favorite celebrities. I’ll let him give you the details of our day:
My favorite event at the Oyster Festival is always the oyster shucking and oyster eating contests.
This guy, Louis Tuccillo, shucked 31 oysters in 4 minutes. I have no idea how to shuck an oyster, but I understand it takes quite a bit of skill.
I do know something about eating oysters, however, so I was very impressed when this fellow, Nathaniel Cocca-Bates, downed 96 oysters in just a couple minutes!
Watching those contestants scoff down the oysters gave me a craving to try a few myself.
Then we took a stroll down to the waterfront where some famous boats were docked, including this fireboat, the John J. Harvey. This boat has sentimental value for us New Yorkers because not only did she serve New York for 63 years, she came out of retirement on September 11, 2001 and pumped water to the World Trade Center site for 80 hours.
I wonder if these water cannons still work? Maybe if I press one of the buttons . . .
I was a little worried when I saw these pirates hanging around by the beach, but it turns out they were very friendly and even shared some of their booty with me.
There were lots of other fun things at the Festival, but I can’t digress anymore, I need to get to the Most Exciting Thing Ever! If you’re a New Yorker, you’ve no doubt heard of the famous Lotto announcer, Yolanda Vega. Well, guess who’s now one of my very best friends?
Love you Yolanda!