WELLFLEET, Mass (AP) — The Wellfleet OysterFest has a new feature this year that might be unwelcome: People have to pay to get in.
The Cape Cod Times reports that for the first time ever people will be charged to get into the festival Saturday and Sunday. The cost for anyone over 12 is $5 or $8 for a two-day pass.
The festival manager says the money will help improve safety and support future festivals.
The Wellfleet OysterFest started as a small hometown event in 2002, but it’s grown over the years, along with the costs for sanitation, insurance and paid staff. Attendance recently reached 25,000 over its two-day span, a size that the Times reports has turned off some locals.
The event is sponsored by the Shellfish Promotion and Tasting nonprofit in Wellfleet.
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