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If you're a fan of the mighty mollusk, then the world is your oyster the weekend of Nov. 11. That's when oyster lovers will unite for the 10th annual Hilton Head Oyster Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. With this, the 10th year of the popular island event, here are 10 things you should know about the annual celebration of the oyster:
1. Although oysters are the center of attention at this festive occasion, they are not the only item on the menu. If the idea of slurping down a slimy oyster doesn't tickle your fancy, you can opt for local shrimp from Captain Woody's, or a hamburger or hot dog from Street Meet. Captain Woody's has prepared oysters for the festival every year since its inception.
2. If you enjoy live music, this event includes entertainment by Bobby Ryder, Candace Woodson and The Domino Theory Band, The GoodTimesBand and the Matt MacKelcan Band.
3. Bring the kids along. There will be bounce houses, carnival games and prizes to keep them happy.
4. Don't worry about missing the game. Custom Audio Video is supplying two large-screen TVs so you can watch your favorite football game while shucking oysters.
5. A holiday craft show will feature a wide variety of craft vendors.
6. Try your luck at winning a round of golf, some local art or a free meal at the silent auction.
7. Cost is $5 for adults. Children age 12 and younger are free. Food is sold separately.
8. "All proceeds go to a good cause," said Sarah Calvert, Hilton Head Island Recreation Association marketing director. The festival raises money for the association's scholarship fund for children whose families cannot afford the programs. Calvert said 80 percent of the children who participate in the association's programs receive scholarships.
9. It takes about 225 bushels of oysters to put on this festival, Calvert said.
10. Organizers expect about 5,000 people to attend over the three-day festival.