This weekend, Norwalk's Oyster Festival is back and bigger than ever.
"It's the last big splash," said Oyster Festival Chair Mike Reilly during a ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon,officially announcing the opening of the 37th Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival.
The 37th Annual Oyster Festival will return to Veterans Park on Friday, September 5th.
"This is a regional event. It is a celebration of maritime history and a labor of love. We have 12,000 volunteers who come together to make this event possible," said Irene Dixon, President of the Norwalk Seaport Association.
Of course there will be lots of oysters, as well as rides, games, and other fan favorites. One new attraction may take your breath away.
"We have the largest motorcycle thrill show in the world, which is the Nerveless Nocks. It goes back to 1840 with Ringling Brothers and they have the largest steel cage that will be here for a motorcycle show and a high wire act," said Reilly.
And this year's musical line up promises something for everyone.
"We have the fabulous Scott Stapp of Creed coming on Friday," said Dixon.
"The Norwalk Seaport Association loves Rock and Roll so we have Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Saturday and then after a 19 year absense on Sunday, we'll have the Army Band - the Volunteers and then we cap it off with a little latin and salsa with Tito Puente Jr," said Reilly.
"It's one last hurrah before the summer really ends. We want to think of it as an extension of summer, an extension of celebration and a celebration of our fabulous maritime history," added Dixon.
The festival runs Friday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information about the 37th Annual Oyster Festival, visit www.seaport.org.