Bristol Oyster festival to benefit March of Dimes

The first annual Bristol Oyster Festival will be a great event that you certainly won’t want to miss.

This festival will take place June 15 from 11-4 p.m., and will be an exciting day of food and fun for the entire family, with proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes.

The DeWolf Tavern in Bristol is sponsoring and hosting this event.

Admission is free, but tickets for food and drinks are available for a small donation. It is going to kick off at 11 a.m., with a DJ and live music and a series of fun activities to follow. From then on there will be educational seminars, a silent auction, a children’s oyster costume pageant and a shucking demonstration.

According to Neil Sharpe, who is the Interim state director of March of Dimes, “The organization is working tirelessly to correct some alarming statistics.”

“We are looked upon as a living non-profit that focuses on maternal health and baby health. Since 2003, prematurity has been a really significant problem for us and we have focused on that and we’ve got a lot of significant plans that we have put in place, but there’s a lot more work still to be done,” said Sharpe.

March of Dimes funds lifesaving research and programs to ultimately end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

“We’re involved in education, and education as we all know is critical to understanding both from a woman’s perspective and society’s perspective, generally how we can make improvements,” said Sharpe.

Over four million babies were born last year, and the March of Dimes helped every single one of them through research, advocacy, dedication and support.

“So take the time to attend the Bristol Oyster Fest,” said Sharpe. “All are invited and not only will it be a spectacular day with beautiful views and great food at DeWolf Tavern, you’ll be helping the March of Dimes carry out its daily mission.”

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