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Pat Patterson of Shallotte accepts his award from Richard Petty as top finisher in his category in the 1980 Oyster Festival six-mile run. This year's festival is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in Ocean Isle Beach.
Looking back: Original oyster festival dates to October 1978

As organizers cook up the 38th NC Oyster Festival this weekend, we take a look back at how it all began.

The area’s first oyster festival has origins dating back four decades ago, to late October 1978 in the same town where it’s held today.

“Fishing and oyster eating will highlight the South Brunswick Islands annual oyster festival to be held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 26-29,” heralded the Oct. 19, 1978, edition of The Brunswick Beacon.

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