RED BANK, NJ:  The Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival celebrated it’s 10th year on a beautiful day with one of the best turnouts for families, kids and friends to enjoy the festivities.

The Oyster Fest was fashioned after the 62-year-old Ireland’s Galway Oyster Festival celebrating the opening of the oyster season.

Red Bank's favorite restaurants and other vendors offered a variety of oyster dishes, along with seafood, meat and vegetarian plates.  Wine and lighter beers were also available.

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It kicked off at 12 noon with the Atlantic Watch Pipes and Drums band.  To watch a video, click HERE.

Everyone had a blast, especially the kids who enjoyed an array of fun activities. 

Seven bands played throughout the day including; The Weeklings, Brian Kirk & the Jirks, Tim McLoone & the Shirleys, Almost U2, Alan Chez & Brothers of Funk Big Band, Fish Eyed Blues Band and the Atlantic Watch Pipes & Drums.

Tim McLoone and the Shirleys are always a favorite.  To watch Tim and his band, click HERE

"It was a beautiful day in Red Bank for the 10th annual Guinness Oyster Festival.  We had an amazing crowd join us today for oysters, Guinness, great music, amazing food from Red Bank restaurants and lots of family fun.  Everyone had a great time, and we were able to raise money for Monmouth Day Care and the T. Thomas Fortune House.  It was a perfect day in Red Bank," said James Scavone, Executive Director of the Red Bank RiverCenter.

Take a look at the carousel of pictures to see for yourself why Red Bank is a great town to visit and live in.

The event was a fundraiser for Red Bank RiverCenter and two local non-profit organizations; Lunch Break the Count Basie Center for the Arts, and  the Monmouth Day Care Center.

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