Can you shuck? Join the fastest oyster shuckers in the area, including Wellfleet commercial fishermen and chefs from near and far to take part in the famous Oyster Shucking Contest at the 16th annual Wellfleet OysterFest.
This contest boasts fierce competition, as men and women hunker down and shuck like they never shucked before. Contestants are given 24 oysters to open as quickly as possible resulting in perfect looking oysters on the half shell.
Judges review finish times and final product. Controversial rulings have been known to fire up the crowd of thousands, as devastating time penalties are added for broken shells, massacred oysters, and blood shed from slashed fingers.
The Shucking Competition will take place on the Main Stage behind Town Hall the two days of the Wellfleet OysterFest. Preliminaries are held on Saturday and the finals on Sunday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.
The winning Shucker earns a $1,000 cash prize and qualifies to compete in the National U.S. Oyster Shucking Championship Contest in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
To participate click here for the link to the Electronic Application Form. Registration forms along with a $25.00 registration fee are due by Friday, October 7, 2016.
Click here to download the Shucking Contest Rules and Procedures.
Click here to download a printable PDF that may be mailed with a check made payable to: Wellfleet SPAT, P.O. Box 2156, Wellfleet, MA 02667.
Advance registration forms are due to the SPAT Office by Friday, October 7, 2016.
On-site registration will be held at the SPAT booth located in the Admissions Tent at Bank Street on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 – 11:00 am.
2015 ANNUAL OYSTER SHUCK-OFF
Calen Bricault opened 24 oysters in one minute 45 seconds, which after judging earned him the winning time of 3:43. Keith Rose took a very close second at 3:48 and Barbara Austin came in third at 4:30.
Interviews with past winners and current title-holders can be arranged upon request. If you are a member of the media interested in sending a camera to capture this electrifying contest, contact SPAT Executive Director Michele Insley, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 508.349.3499.