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Irene Won't Stop Norwalk Oyster Festival

NORWALK, Conn. – The Oyster Festival will go on as planned for the weekend of Sept. 9 to 11, with no changes because of the damaging Tropical Storm Irene that blew through last weekend, the Norwalk Seaport Association announced Tuesday. The group decided to move forward after surveying Veterans Memorial Park with Norwalk city officials Monday and deeming the park to have minimal damage.

"We are so pleased with the city of Norwalk and especially Parks and Rec, who have been especially cooperative and helpful in getting the park in order for the Festival," said Jerry Toni, chairman of this year's Oyster Festival.

Preparations were to have begun this past weekend, but the storm postponed the work. The Norwalk Seaport Association will begin setting up the tents Wednesday and expects to be on schedule by the time the festival date arrives.

"The Oyster Festival is a great showcase for Norwalk, and we are happy that the Norwalk Seaport Association is going forward with the event," said Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia. "The city is committed to the success of the Festival and we will do all we can to support the Seaport Association's efforts to make this one of the best ever."

The festival is organized and financed by the Norwalk Seaport Association and its volunteers. For more information and tickets, visit or call 203-838-9444.

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