20th Annual Harvest Festival Again a FEAST-A-FULL

Victor Abrahamian from Cape Charles wore Native American dress to Wednesday’s Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Harvest Festival at Sunset Beach. He was promoting the theater production “Piece of Eden” scheduled for November at the Palace Theater. (Wave photos)

Cape Charles Wave

October 4, 2012

“You have to go at least once to the Harvest Festival.”

And so we did, and had a great time.

The weather behaved, and I did too —

by keeping my promise to my 60-year-old stomach not to try to get my money’s worth by eating $40 worth of food.

Because the Harbor Festival is not just all about the food.

(That’s a lie — it IS all about the food.)

But there’s a county fair spirit about it all, along with a see-and-be-seen atmosphere.

The weather was fine (hot and humid beats rain),

the food was par excellence,

and spirits were high.

And Sunset Beach is the PERFECT place for a few thousand Shore folks to gather.

So what’s not to like?

See you back next year!

Eastern Shore clam chowder was the perfect way to start the feast . . .

. . . Followed by Exmore Diner’s famous crab cakes (the longest line at the festival but worth the wait) . . .

Steamed clams by the sackful are a nice diversion . . .

Raw bar lovers were in heaven — all the oysters you can eat, with no waiting!

Virginia Delegate Lynwood Lewis went for the fried shrimp — 4 per customer.

U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell worked the crowd . . .

. . . As did his challenger, Paul Hirschbiel.

Mason Avenue was quieter than usual for a Wednesday. That’s because several shops closed for the day, including Lynn Gray’s Shore Imagination and Chip’s Watson Hardware.

Shane Hayward of Cape Charles promoted the family’s Eastern Shore Custom Carts business.

There’s always room for salad.



3 Responses to “20th Annual Harvest Festival Again a FEAST-A-FULL”

  1. Bruce Lindeman on October 4th, 2012 7:07 am

    I sure wish they’d make this a weekend event. I miss this every year because of work.

  2. Regina Aleksiewicz on October 4th, 2012 9:21 am

    I am a weekender too, Bruce, and I understand because I always seem to miss this venue. However, this weekend the town of Cape Charles is having a Fall Festival and the Annual Birding and Wildlife Festival and should be great fun too!

  3. Ettore Zuccarino on October 4th, 2012 9:27 am

    Very nice series of pictures depicting local folklore. Keep up the good work. Was the American Indian an Eastern Shore Cherokee???