Fall means oysters for residents and visitors to York County. Sunday, October 20 will mark the 39th year for the York County Heritage Trust's oyster festival. The festival is the Trust's longest-running fundraising event. Previous festivals have drawn crowds of nearly 2000 and have raised more than $30,000.
According to the Trust, oysters had significance in colonial times in York County. They seafood traveled to York via the Susquehanna River. This fact was discovered in the 1960's when the Trust was restoring the General Gates House and Plough Tavern in York.
"We discovered large quantities of oyster shells and we later learned that there was a trade network between the Chesapeake Bay region and York with oysters," Vernon Bracey, festival chair, explained on Good Day PA. "And oysters were a primary component of the local diet for people at that time."
Sunday's event will feature oysters that are raw, stewed and fried plus many other foods. There will also be live music and demonstrations by artisans from the PA Guild of Craftsmen. It will run from 11am to 4pm at the Agriculture and Industrial Museum on West Princess Street in York.