The 49th Annual Festival is coming!
OCTOBER 17th and 18th, 2015
Sat. 10am-6pm Sun 11am-6pm
$5 each; kids under 12 are FREE; food is pay as you eat.
2014 Men's Champion, Mr. Duke Landry of Louisiana, became the 2014 United States National Oyster Shucking Champion in a close contest with Woman's champion, Lisa Bellamy of North Carolian. Duke won the same title 28 years ago.
National Oyster Cookoff 2014 Grand Prize and Best Presentation winner, Robert Bonner, of Prince Frederick Maryland proudly displays his winning Hors D'Oeuveres entry, Oysters in a Blanket. All dishes are prepared in timed competition.
It’s that time of year once again. When, for oyster lovers, the St. Mary’s County fairgrounds near Leonardtown transform to nirvana. Oysters served up raw, scalded, grilled on the barbie, on bread, on the half shell, stewed, nude, cooked in savory sauces, in salads, even in desserts, just about every way imaginable and then some. They’re here for the eating and enjoying at the 44th Annual St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival. This year's festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st, 2012 at the Fairgrounds on Route 5 just south of Leonardtown.
The gates are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, no charge for children 12 and under and there is plenty of free parking. The festival events continue, rain or shine, since adequate buildings and tents are provided on the grounds. Proceeds from the Oyster Festival go to local charities.
For more information on the festival and a full schedule of events contact the Oyster Festival office at 301-863-5015, or write to P.O. Box 766, California, MD 20619.
Amateur Oyster Shuckers "give it a go" before the final heats on Sunday.