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.