Looks like we'll have perfect weather for the 13th Annual Wellfleet OysterFest! To create a safe and enjoyable event for years to come, SPAT will be charging an admission fee of $5 per person for a one day ticket or $8 for a two pass. Children 12 and under are free.
I took a stroll downtown this afternoon to check out the set up.
The parking lot behind town hall was jammed with trucks, tents, and all sorts of people scurrying about.
Oyster farmer and Shucking Queen Barbara Austin directs activities at Pirate Shellfish!
The Stage. Where the shucking action happens. Saturday (preliminaries) and Sunday (finals). Time is usually 1:00 – 2:30 p.m... 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, 2014. Hope to see you there!
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.