Oyster Festival not in trouble, contrary to rumors

The Amite Oyster Festival has been hard at work to plan this year's festival. Chairman Carol Brooke states, "It's been a hard year, due to the fact so many of the organizations involved with the festival have remained absent. It's now early February and only five people have made the effort."

The Oyster Festival is made up from delegates from The Amite Kiwanis Club, the Amite Chamber of Commerce, the Roseland Volunteer Fire Department, the Amite Volunteer Fire Department and the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus share a slot. Each non-profit organization is allowed three delegates. If all the organizations worked together the festival board would have 15 members.

Brooke states, "I've been on this board since 1993 and have seen it decline over those years. But, to put a stop to the ongoing rumors, the festival will be held this year March 20, 21 and 22."

Contrary to the ongoing rumors events are already scheduled for the March festival. The 13th Annual Amite Oyster Festival Scavenger Hunt will take place on Friday, March 6 at Spitale's Restaurant. The Chili cook off will be held in front of the Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1 station on Friday, March 13. And this year, the Oyster Festival Street Dance will be brought back immediately following the chili cook off. The Domino's will be providing entertainment for the evening.

The festival will kick-off Friday, March 20 with the grounds open and rides. Saturday, March 21, the parade will run through downtown Amite. And the festival will end Sunday, March 22.

Even with the lack of participation and caring the 2009 Amite Oyster Festival will go on as planned. Difficult as it may be the existing board is making its usually preparations and is working at their usual pace.

Anyone wishing to help with the festival is welcome. Contact Amite Oyster Festival Board Chairman Carol Brooke at 985-748-7146 or email at carolbrooke@bellsouth.net.

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