With 400 miles of coastline, it may come as no surprise that Rhode Island, and especially Newport County, is steeped in culture surrounding fishing - and quite notably today, oyster fishing. The harvesting and cultivation of oysters dates back to colonial times when Newport County had emerged as one of the five leading ports in colonial North America for trade and export. Today, oyster farms present in the bay help foster the Ocean State as an oyster haven, with fishing boats leaving the docks every morning to gather oysters to be savored in our local restaurants, enjoyed by our local enthusiasts and even celebrated in our local festivals. Among them: The Bristol Oyster Festival The second annual Bristol Oyster Festival will celebrate Rhode Island's rich history of fishing, harvesting and cultivating oysters with live entertainment, a silent auction, a shucking demonstration and family fun activities including pony rides, face painting and the Children's Oyster Costume Pageant. A portion of the festival's proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies by providing educational resources on baby health, pregnancy, preconception and new motherhood. Details: When: Sunday, June 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: DeWolf Tavern, 259 Thames Street, Bristol RI Admission: Free More Information here