Scott Stapp, best known as the lead singer for the band Creed, will be featured as the main stage headline performer at the 48th Milford Oyster Festival. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. \u201cWe are so excited to have Scott Stapp performing at this year\u2019s festival,\u201d said Ila Tokarz, president of the Milford Oyster Festival. \u201cScott brings heart, soul and passion into his music. You won\u2019t want to miss the show.\u201d Festival organizers said they are excited to bring back many of the festival\u2019s traditional features after COVID restrictions limited the event last year. \u201cBecause of COVID last year, the Milford Health Department had put a lot of restrictions on us, and with due cause, because the most important thing is for people to be safe,\u201d said Michele DiBella, publicity chair. This year, DiBella said, most of the COVID restrictions have been lifted, although health officials continue to monitor the situation. \u201cRight now, we will be having our amusement rides again, our children\u2019s festival going on,\u201d said DiBella. \u201cIt\u2019s up to the health department, but hopefully, we will be able to carry on as we have in years past. When we get closer to the event, we will find out more information.\u201d Stapp is a Grammy award-winning songwriter and performer who has sold over 53 million records and has been streamed over 1 billion times. \u201cThis is the first time that he\u2019s performing at the oyster festival,\u201d said DiBella. \u201cWe always look at a large group of different musicians, and a lot of it has to do with where they\u2019re touring. All the stars aligned, and it worked out great for us.\u201d Opening for Scott Stapp will be The Fooz Fighters, the award-winning Foo Fighters Tribute Band. For Oyster Eve, held on Aug. 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Fowler Field, Hazzard County, a modern country cover band, will be performing. During the 47th Oyster Festival, people had to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards or proof of negative COVID-19 test to go into the main stage area. Dibella said organizers don\u2019t know what the protocol will be this year, but will have more information as the event gets closer. Last year\u2019s headliner was Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Previous featured performers have included Extreme, Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, Marshall Tucker Band, Gin Blossoms, Bret Michaels, Blues Traveler and Kansas. Other events that will be happening during the oyster fest are the classic car show, canoeing and kayak races and oyster-shucking competition. DiBella said the oyster-eating competition, another annual tradition, is on-hold pending further discussions. \u201cThat was a big deal in the past, but nobody has talked about that yet,\u201d said Dibella.