This year has been quite the journey for all, and we have been especially proud to see the adaptability of this year’s group of leaders participating in the Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat Competition.
While keeping with the proper health and safety guidelines, they have adapted their individual projects and continuously worked hard for our community.
Our goal this year is to make sure the contestants receive the acknowledgement and recognition they deserve! We are doing our best to give them a great experience, fund their college scholarships, as well as, host an event that will show-case each unique contestant and their amazing community service project.
We will be documenting the story of each contestant’s journey through the competition with video and broadcasting the Crowning & Awards Ceremony on November 7th, at 6pm!
We can’t do it without you, and it wouldn’t be Oyster Festival without our incredible Queens and Spats – so join us in supporting them and all that they’ve done!
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Jenna Kaye Ancell and Lydia Gourley have spent the summer working on their Oyster Festival Queen Competition project called Let There Be Light. This project has the goal of raising funds to provide underprivileged children with the opportunity to go to Camp Piankatank and learn about Jesus. Jenna Kaye and Lydia both love Camp and are very happy to be supporting such a great cause.
Oyster Festival Queen Contestant Airiana Beverley and Little Miss Spat Contestant Aubri Sydnor-Burse, left, present a $3,344 check to Middlesex County Parks and Recreation Department Coordinator Karen Reed on Aug. 10. The money will go towards the registration fees youngsters pay to participate in the department’s sports programs, especially basketball. The duo raised the money mostly through bake sale and spaghetti supper fundraisers they presented this year.
For Katie and Shannon’s project they requested folks to “Go Green To Help Keep Middlesex Clean.” People in grades pre-K through 12th grade who lived in Middlesex County were able to participate in their project. Participants had to create a poster that showed how they were helping to keep Middlesex clean. Also, each participant was required to pick up trash somewhere in Middlesex County. They reached out to real estate businesses, which sell properties in Middlesex County, for donations, and the winners and participants were awarded gift cards. As another part of their project, they hosted a yard sale and bake sale at Saluda Baptist Church and all the money and donations they received supported Friends of the Rappahannock and the Restore Urbanna Creek Partnership.
“Oyster Festival Queen contestant, Madeline Hurd, and her Little Miss Spat contestant, Madison Cole, had a busy summer volunteering, organizing, and conducting fundraisers to support their project, Homeward Bound. Their project benefitted Middlesex Pet Friends for Life, a booster for the Middlesex County Animal Shelter. Hurd and Cole both love animals and recognized the need for abandoned and mistreated cats and dogs to find safety, and eventually their forever homes. Hurd raised over $8,000 for the shelter, over 400 pounds of dog food, and volunteered 215 hours towards their project.“
Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat contestants, Sara Murray and Caroline Ward have come to a close on their “Move Over Middlesex” project. The girls raised over $6,500 for their project, with which they made a donation to the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office for safety equipment, purchased equipment for each of the fire departments and the rescue squad, and gave credit to each of the organizations at Air Care Inc., which will provide traffic safety equipment as needed in the future. They were very excited to be able to support the first responders of Middlesex as much as they have, and they hope that “Move Over Middlesex” will have a positive impact in the future.
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