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The 2014 OysterFest, Another Great Year!
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William “Chopper” Young, Jr. won the 14th annual Wellfleet OysterFest Shuck Off for the fourth time, taking home a new trophy of a steel oyster shell crafted by local artist Steve Swain. He is the first person to win the contest four times. He shucked 24 oysters in one minute fifty seconds, which after penalties came to a final time of 3:07. His winnings were $1,000.

In a crazy turn of events, the other two Shuck Off finalists, James Gray and Calen Bricault, tied, which created two second place winners with a time after deductions of 3:42 for each of them. James finished shucking his 24 oysters 1:51, while Calen finished his in 2:09. Both were awarded the $500 second place prize.

The new trophy will be engraved with all 14 Shuck Off winners since the beginning of the Wellfleet OysterFest. It will be put on display in a public location, and the current year’s winner will be able to take it to other competitions and appearances to spread the word of Wellfleet’s contest and festival and its famous oysters.

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This two day event brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun! The 'Fest is produced by Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, or SPAT, a non-profit organization devoted to fostering a greater understanding of the town's shellfishing industry and made possible through collaboration with the Town of Wellfleet, the support of many generous sponsors, the area shellfishermen and a dedicated group of volunteers.
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Highlights for the 2014 Wellfleet OysterFest:

  • Over 86 artisans, 21 food vendors, 12 raw bars and 15 community organizations
  • Live Music performed by local favorites
  • Family friendly activities and performances
  • Educational lectures and walking tours
  • Culinary programs including Taste the Terrior and Merrior
  • Recreational activities such as a road race and dance party
  • Free ocean beach parking and shuttle bus transportation into town
  • And of course, the Annual Oyster Shuck-Off competition
To find out how to help contact: info@wellfleetoysterfest.com
Enjoy the Fest!

FREE parking with convenient shuttle bus transportation directly to the ‘Fest.
Please go to the following beaches in order of which they are listed: Newcomb’s Hollow Beach, White Crest Beach and LeCounts Hollow Beach (Maguire Landing). Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes and drop off at Town Center.

Free handicap parking will be offered at the Mayo Beach parking area and a wheel chair accessible shuttle will be available. The Wellfleet Congregational Church at 200 Main Street will reserve 20 handicapped spaces on a first come first serve basis. Fee for parking is by donation $25 is suggested.
All parking is subject to availability so please carpool to reduce congestion.
Please note that some private businesses and municipal lots such as the Town Marina charge a fee for parking ($15 per car.) Please consider our neighbors by not parking in unauthorized lots, drives or town streets. The Town of Wellfleet will ticket or in some cases tow vehicles in invalid parking spaces.
Please no pets, only service animals will be allowed into festival grounds. Do not leave animals in your parked cars.
Absolutely no outside alcohol will be allowed into the ‘Fest.


Proceeds from the ‘Fest fund SPAT’s educational mission including a local college scholarship program, community grant awards and initiatives to support Wellfleet’s shellfishing and aquaculture industries. To date, SPAT has awarded more than $175,000 between the high school scholarship program and its grants in the local community.
The Wellfleet OysterFest can no longer be a free event. Help keep the ‘Fest Going and Growing by paying your admission fee. Without your support, the ‘Fest cannot continue to exist.

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