BIG congrats to William "Chopper" Young of Wellfleet, Massachusetts...this year's oyster shucking champion at the national competition at the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival in Leonardtown, Maryland! He'll be representing USA in Ireland next September! Way to go Chopper!
After a weekend of fun and frivolity (or so I’m told) at the 46th annual St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival last weekend in Leonardtown, Maryland, the stats are now in. The 2012 U.S. National Oyster Shucking Champion is…the same as the 2011 U.S. National Oyster Shucking Champion: Mike Martin of Panama Bay, Florida. In fact, this is the third straight year Martin has won the event, earning him the right to represent the U.S. in the international shucking championship in Galway, Ireland next September.
So here’s a big meaty, slurpy and salty congrats to Mike who won the final against North Carolina’s Cathy Milliken by 14 seconds, shucking 24 oysters with an adjusted time of 2:43.16.
And here’s a shout out to the men’s heat finalists in 2nd and 3rd place, Robert Daffin and Rick McCurley, and the women’s heat finalists in 2nd and 3rd place, Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon.
I grew up spending part of every summer in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, which included eating many oysters. After stumbling into an oyster shucking competition in Miami Beach in 2006, I’ve become a fan of the sport and have written about local, national, and international competitions for the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, American Way Magazine, and the Huffington Post. I've also written oyster-centric stories for Rustik and Modern Farmer. I’ve never met an oyster I didn’t want to eat.