Mad River Union
ARCATA, APRIL 1 – Seeking to reinvent the 2015 Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, director Nancy Stephenson decided to include the most successful features from previous Plaza events.
All of them.
In addition to the usual oyster-themed activities like the Oyster Calling Contest, food booths and music, 2015 OysterFest will include the Farmers' Market, an Easter Egg Roll, an anti-war protest, Kids’ Bike Rodeo, All Species Parade, Food Not Bombs, a Kinetic Sculpture Race, the Humboldt Crabs and Crab Grass Band, a salsa-tasting competition, drum circle, Queen Doubles cart, fist fights, a solemn candlelight vigil, trick-or-treating and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
As a finishing touch, Occupy Arcata will recreate its iconic encampment with a mini-tent city at the Plaza’s center. There, the Arcata Fire siren newly installed on McKinley’s head will blare continuously, halting only momentarily at noon.
In a nostalgic homage to 2013, a multi-layered maze of razor-wire fences will encircle the Plaza, winnowing attendees to those “most determined to celebrate our beautiful bay bivalves,” Stephenson added.
“You won’t be bored,” she promised.