Take the LIRR to the Oyster Festival

<p>MTA Long Island Rail Road has extra trains going to the 28th Annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, L.I. the weekend of October 15-16, and is offering a money-saving round-trip ticket package as well.</p>
<p>The Oyster Festival is Long Island's largest waterfront festival attracting as many as 200,000 visitors in past years as the little North Shore hamlet celebrates its rich maritime history and connection to the waters that still produce 90 percent of the oysters and 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in New York State.</p>
<p>There are two discount travel packages available for LIRR customers heading to the Oyster Festival. The first package includes discounted round-trip rail from Penn Station to/from Oyster Bay Station, vouchers for three free oysters on the half-shell for adults and free admission to the midway ride "The Slide" for the children. The second package is for customers traveling from the east on the Port Jefferson Branch and includes discounted round-trip tickets to Syosset, shuttle bus service to the Oyster Festival plus the three free oysters or "Slide" ride.</p>
<p>At the festival, volunteer chefs and culinary pros work side by side, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster, clam and other seafood concoctions along with traditional festival fare, a fun mixture of live entertainment, tall ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, midway rides, and its iconic oyster eating and shucking contest.</p>
<p>In addition to its regular weekend schedule of trains to and from Oyster Bay, the LIRR is adding three extra Oyster Bay bound trains, departing Mineola at 12 noon, 2 PM and 4 PM and three extra westbound trains, departing Oyster Bay, at 1:13 PM, 3:13 PM and 7:13 PM. </p>
<p>For ticket package prices from your station visit the <a href="www.mta.info/lirr">Long Island Rail Road website</a>, or pick up a special Oyster Bay weekend schedule at any LIRR station or call 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say: Long Island Rail Road.</p>
<p>For a full schedule of events, visit the <a href="http://www.theoysterfestival.org">Oyster Festival website</a> or call festival organizers at (516) 628-1625.</p>