Complete Guide to the Milford Oyster Festival

Everything you need to know for this year's festivities in Downtown Milford including links galore.

Few festivals pack as much fun into a single day as the . Here's a look at what to check out next Saturday, August 18th. Click on the links to learn about the attractions and events:


1970's prog/arena rock superstars Kansas will be performing at Fowler Field at 3:45 p.m. Check out openers Waking Elliot, Rum Runners, and Northern Renegade in the early afternoon.


Magician Adam Parisi will be putting on shows at the Armory Square Stage at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Appearing at the Children's Stage at  will be:

Armory Square Big Toys

In the parking lot behind and will be a number of attractions, including:

Food Court

Cold beer, sausage & peppers, lobster rolls, fried dough, turkey legs, burgers, hot dogs, fried seafood, corn dogs, steak & cheese and, of course, oysters will all be served at Fowler Field.

Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Down at , a Classic Car & Montorcycle Show will be taking place from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Schooner Cruises

Throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, 1 1/2 and 2 hour trips aboard SoundWaters will depart from the Milford Boat Ramp behind the . Cruise prices range from $25 to $45 per person.

Oyster Contests

There will be two Oyster Shucking Contests at 12:15 p.. and 1:15 p.m., with an Oyster Eating Contest at 2:00 p.m.

Fire & Police Departments

  • will be conducting a K-9 demonstration at the stone bridge across from the Milford Library at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • There will be a Fire Department Open House on New Haven Ave. across from the Milford Library, and the Firefighter Dunk Tank will be going on all day across from .

Canoe & Kayak Race

Taking place at the Milford Boat Ramp behind the Milford Library, the race begins 8:30 a.m, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m.

For more information and event times, check out the PDF document underneath the 'Photos' section of this article or visit http://www.milfordoysterfestival.com/

Tom Toohey August 08, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I agree with Ron 100%. It's not a level playing field anymore.
James Kelly August 08, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Completely agree with Mr. Goldwyn on this issue. At a time when all charitable organizations and NPO's are feeling the pinch from the still-staggering economy, there should be some consideration toward changing the policy back to the way it was for all those years. As generous as Americans are, especially the people of Milford (as has been proven time and again), we are not donating as much as we used to, and not enough to keep these very important organizations running.
John Pasnau August 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
In addition there will be LOCAL BANDS at the Lisman Landing Stage on Saturday for the first time ever, local musical talent on stage. Come to the classic car area and enjoy the Greg Sherrod Rock and Roll Band from 11 am to 12:20 pm. Then it is Howie and the Soul Potato's from 12:30 pm to 2 pm. At 2 they will announce the winners of the Boat decorating contest. The Federation takes the stage at 2:10 pm and plays until 3:30 pm. At 3:40 pm The Fretz Notz take the stage. Their first set runs until 4:30 pm when they will take a short break and the Classic Car awards will be announced. Then the Fretz Notz close it out with a final set from 4:45 pm to 5:15 pm. Carole Urban will be Master of Ceremonies all day and will cover the breaks between bands playing favorites from the 60's through - 80's on her hot pink electric guitar! Come support your favorite local band!
Ryan Sartor (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Thanks for mentioning that, John! It's important that we support local bands. If you know any who'd be interested in being profiled on the Milford Patch, they can email me at ryan.sartor@patch.com
Longtime MilfordResident August 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Ron is 100% correct. NPOs are bailing out left and right, year over year since the Annual Milford Oyster Festival Committee (AMOFC) decided they alone would be the sole beneficiary of beer sales. For what amounts to a ton of work, it is no longer worth the effort for what the NPO will gain in revenue. AMOFC justification was that they needed the proceeds to offset their own operating cost, including what they would be required to contribute back to the City (for things like MPD, MFD, Public Works, EMT, etc... overtime). So how much revenue do they generate? And how much do they give back to the City? And finally, how much do they distribue back out to NPOs? Not many people truly know the answer... because to date, they will not open their books to anyone. Shouldn't what claims to be a 501c make their books public? Now, I hear, AMOFC is in a position where to fill the food court and surrounding areas, they are going to allow For Profit, commercial Vendors, and Agencies outside of Milford to set up shop. Have they forgotten their mission statement?: AMOF's goal of providing a forum for non-profit fundraising is accomplished by promotion of a wide variety of family entertainment and wide variety of food and beverages available for sale at minimal costs by local Milford non-profit civic organizations who use the revenues earned during the Festival to fund their respective charitable causes.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Speaking on behalf of the Milford Lions Club, let me explain our participation in the Oysterfest. We are there to show our flag. Meaning to let the public know that we are active and need the public's support in order to carry out our aims mainly dealing with sight correction and blindness prevention. At the same time we buy soda and water locally and resell them at a price set by the Oysterfest Committee. What profit we make is determined by the price we can buy the supplies for locally, the price we sell it for, the competition near us and the weather. For our effort, using over a dozen members during the open hours, we made about $350 last year. How many visitors buy soda at 10AM when we must be open? The Milford Oysterfest is no longer the event it used to be, especially for local charities. Finally, the city has a part in this downward trend. Such as Insurance requirements, Board of Health requirements, Fire Dept inspections and overtime pay, Police Dept overtime pay. The list goes on. A few years ago, I asked that since I was handicapped and was working at Fowler Field during the morning and was working on the Green after noon, I requested the Committee to give me a ride in one of their golf carts between the two sites. Their reply to me was that the carts were for committee members only and no handicapped residents may be transported. Since then I use my own small electric cart for transportation. (others with connections are being transported, but not me)
Angus August 08, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I concur. We live downtown and make a sure that we are out of town every year on Oyster Festival Weekend.
Concerned Parent August 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I would ask those attending the Oysterfest to support Foran's High School Band. They will have a stand located there. These help MILFORD KIDS! So before you look for the stand with the cheapest bottled water that benefits only one vendor. Take the extra step to purchase something from a group whose efforts help Milford students directly.
John O'Neil DVM August 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Keep the food sales restricted to Milford NPO's only. Let us once again sell beer. That is the high profit item. It is these groups that return most of their club's annual budget back into Milford and the needs of the residents of Milford. I can not officially speak for the Kiwanis Club but I am speaking as a Past President.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 08, 2012 at 08:00 PM
John, My beef is not just with the private Oysterfest committee, but with the Methodist Church which also reaps big bucks at prices that undercut the minimum set by the Committee. The same goes for the NPO that sets up their booth on the North side of Broad St and set their own prices. BTW, at the OYSTERfest, how many places sell Oysters?
C.S. August 08, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Oh that' s a good question, as far as I know there are a few, but only a few. I usually get my oysters from the Seven Seas, and afterwards we try and dunk a firefighter. Ron, I do whole heartedly agree with what you say, and believe that the Oyster Festival should remain true to helping NPO's.
John Pasnau August 08, 2012 at 09:17 PM
The Oyster Festival Committee is not private. It is a group of hard working volunteers who are doing their best in the face of rising costs, insurance requirements and city charge backs. ANYONE can volunteer. Just go to the web site or Facebook page and sign up. If you have a suggestion how the Oyster Festival can survive without beer sales profit let's hear it. It's easy to complain about problems, let's hear how YOU would solve them.
John Pasnau August 08, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Put your hours where your mouth is, do your part to support our NPO's. If you don't like something, join in and fix it! http://www.milfordoysterfestival.com/index.php/festival-info/interested-in-volunteering
tjc360 August 09, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Who books the bands, really Kansas? How about someone a little more fun and that most people know, like say Cheap Trick, that would bring in many more people then say....Kansas, it gets lamer every year.
Pam Landry August 09, 2012 at 10:13 AM
Carol Urban rocks!
John O'Neil DVM August 09, 2012 at 11:02 AM
VERY GOOD POINT FOR THE OYSTER FESTIVAL COMMITTEE or for that matter for most groups. A few people doing all the work and others not involved complaining.
Andy August 09, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Agreed - The Oyster Festival is tremendous event - a tradition - for the City of Milford, it's downtown, it's businesses, civic organizations, community groups, and it's residents. Is it just me, or does anyone else find it odd that whenever "non-profit" is mentioned...people start quarreling over money? Talk is cheap! If you want to support your local non-profits, or community organizations (sounds like everyone here does!) then get out there and volunteer your time and resources.
Angus August 09, 2012 at 01:53 PM
to tjc360. A few years ago Soul Asylum played the Oyster Festival. It was the one and only time I have bothered to attend. It was an inspired choice and the band put on a good show but apparently they were"t "classic rock" enough for the highbrows who show up to this event. So my guess is that this dreadful dread of hiring washed up classic rock bands will continue.
Angus August 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Meant to say "trend" instead of "dread", sorry.
Mark Ahrens August 09, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I am very much looking forward to meeting many Milford-ites and folks from nearby towns to introduce a new Milford business - Mathnasium of Milford, a math tutoring center. The Oyster Festival, on the top green, will be the coming out party. See you there!
MEBC August 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM
lots of complaints with no constructive suggestions- I love the fest and am greatful for all the commitee members who give their time and energy to make this happen quit your whinning and join the commitee if you dont like how its run
Rick August 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I am very surprised to read that many people don't enjoy the Milford Oyster Festival, especially since this was one of the reasons Milford was against moving the fields behind the library to another location. I've never been to the festival but I am interested to see it this year.
Milfordite August 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Im with you on that--the festival is just one of those days for those of us who live anywhere in the middle of town to just either go away or just turn on the AC and just get through the day--For all of those who attend the festival it may end at 6:00 but the overflow and the lingering drunks who are still around at 4:00 AM make it a day we dread...not all town traditions are worth holding onto IMHO.
Cheryl Craig Smith August 15, 2012 at 04:17 AM
The Oyster Fest is great, there is alot of thought put into this each year. For those who don't like the traffic, stay clear of the center of town. For those who are complaining about the music, join and help. Kansas will be alot of fun, Rum Runners do alot of good. This is only one day, enjoy it.
Concerned Parent August 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Support those volunteers raising money to help the Foran Band...They are this town's future...A great event that can help Great kids...Our kids..Milford's kids...
Lori August 16, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Greg Sherrod ROCKS!!!
m August 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I from milford. I go ever your to the fest and for the people in milford to want to get out of town. BOO to you for not going and Helpping out local shops, schools and the people on the green selling there arts and carfts they make. BOO TO YOU WHO DO NOT GO. a DAY AND A HALF OF A LITTLE TARFFIC AND LOUD MUSIC FOR SOME GOOD FAIMLY FUN.
DEIRDRE T SULLIVAN August 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
MEBC August 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM
let me thank you for bring KANSAS to Milford - they were kick a$$ knocked it out of the park loved every min
MEBC August 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Kansas was far from washed up they were fantastic !


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