Wellfleet OysterFest-Shucking Contest

Shucking Contest...


I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
— Zora Neale Hurston
2016 OysterFest preparations are underway! Check back in late spring for new and exciting program information. Below are details from the 2015 event.
Download Shuck Off Rules Here
Download Shuck Off Application Here
Electronic Shuck Off Application Here

Wellfleet OysterFest Shucking Contest

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 15th 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. Adventurous members of the audience dodge flying shells in hopes of bidding on trays of the briny delicacies and eating a piece of oyster history!
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. Time is usually 1:00 – 2:30 pm, but check schedule for updates.
Winner 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 Monday, October 12, 2015.
Click here for 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 Monday, October 12, 2015.
On-site registration will be held at the SPAT booth located in the Admissions Tent at Bank St. on Saturday, October 17 from 9-11 am.
For more information, please contact Michele Insley, SPAT Executive Director, at michele@wellfleetoysterfest.org or phone 508.349.3499.

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. Watch the action!

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.

Contest Winners
2015 - Calen Bricault - 3.43 min.
2014 - William "Chopper" Young, Jr. - 3.07 min.
2013 - Barbara Austin - 3.06 min
2012 - James Gray - 2.24 min.
2011 - Camden Holland - 2.28 min.
2010 - Kyle Morse - 3.08 min.
2009 - William "Chopper" Young, Jr. - 2.05 min.
2008 - James Gray - 1.47 min.
2007 - Barbara Austin - 2.51 min.
2006 - Barbara Austin - 3.52 min.
2005 - William "Chopper" Young, Jr. - 2.55 min.
2004 - Paul Suggs - 1.55 min.
2003 - Karl Barrio - 2.56 min.
2002 - William "Chopper" Young, Jr.
2001 - Keith Rose

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, email : info@wellfleetoysterfest.org
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