Norwalk Seaport Association kicks off the 26th Annual Oyster Festival
The Norwalk Seaport Association kicks off the 26th Annual Oyster Festival for one final dose of summer fun this weekend. The festival opened Friday night at Veterans Park on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk but oystermen have been preparing for months.When the oystermen get back here to the docks, they have to go through hundreds of shells. What they're looking for is the larger half shells that can go to market; the smaller ones have to be thrown back in to mature.Oysterman Norman Bloom says the industry isn't doing as well as in years past because of the weather, but the oysters they have been catching are good ones. And despite weather conditions, Bloom says there is a lot of growth on the bills of the oysters noting that very few are dying.Bloom says they'll continue sifting through the shells, hoping for the best this year and perhaps something even better for next.The festival attracts as many as 70,000 visitors and is ranked one of the top 50 craft shows in the country.