The 44th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival has been rescheduled for Oct. 15 due to the impending threat of Hurricane Matthew. The festival was previously scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 8. It is the first time since 2006 that the festival has been rescheduled.
The ticket sales through the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce are final but will be honored on the new date. The location, time, entertainment and food offerings will remain the same.
"We have the utmost concern for the safety and well-being of all our festival attendees, volunteers and vendors which is what has led us to this decision," said a post on the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
"With all of the information available that we've been looking at it just seemed like what we had to do," said Evelyn Shotwell, Executive Director of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.
"We wanted to reschedule as early as possible so people could make alternate plans. We do aplogize for any inconvenience."
The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 from noon to 4p.m. at Tom's Cove Park.