The 2016 U.S. National Shucking Grand Champion, Honor Allen of Panama City, Fla., holds double plaques as the Men’s winner and the Grand Champion. He stands to the right of Annie Bonifacio, the 2016 Woman’s Champion. The are joined by King Oyster, Bob Merritts, and the men’s and woman’s shucking finalists.

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The 51st Annual U.S. National Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County

OCTOBER 21st and 22, 2017

. 10am-6pm Sun 11am-6pm

Admission:
$7 each; kids under 12 are FREE; food is pay as you eat.

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The 2016 U.S. National Oyster Shucking Champion, Honor Allen, won with a composite score of 2:58.96. Allen, 22, is from Panama City Florida and holds a number of shucking titles leading to his National victory. Honor holds the oyster knife given to him by the 2007 U.S, National Oyster Shucking Champion, William Chopper Young, who used this knife to win the International Oyster Opening Championship in 2008.

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Tammy Davis of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland captured the 2016 U.S. Oyster Cook-off Grand Prize with her . She proudly displays the trophy for her Grand Prize winning Soups and Stews entry,”Coconut Curry Oyster Soup”. All dishes are prepared in timed competition.

fairgrounds

St. Mary’s County Fair Grounds – 42455 Fairgrounds Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650

  • Backfin was in the house!
    Backfin was in the house!
  • Enjoying Oysters!
    Enjoying Oysters!
  • Champions!
    Champions!
  •  Covering the Oyster Cookoff
    Covering the Oyster Cookoff
    Maryland Public TV (Photo: Bill Moody)
  • National Competitor
    National Competitor
    Clementine Macon
  • Cooking up the "People's Choice" winning dish!
    Cooking up the "People's Choice" winning dish!
  • 2016 Woman's Champion
    2016 Woman's Champion
    Annie Bonifacio won the 2016 Woman's U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship. She was also the 2015 Woman's Champion. Annie, the 2002 Woman's Champion, went on to become the youngest ever U.S. Grand Champion Oyster Shucker in that year.
  • Thanks for a wonderful Festival! See you next year!
    Thanks for a wonderful Festival! See you next year!
  • Another successful Oyster Cook-Off
    Another successful Oyster Cook-Off
  • Soon!
    Soon!
  • Any way you like 'em!
    Any way you like 'em!
  • Official 2016 Oyster Festival Commemorative Coaster
    Official 2016 Oyster Festival Commemorative Coaster
  • A Jeopardy clue from tonight's show!
    A Jeopardy clue from tonight's show!
    Full disclosure with apology: Further research indicates that this clue was actually presented on October 8, 2012, not tonight.
  • Signs of the time
    Signs of the time
  • 2016 Oyster Festival shirt design
    2016 Oyster Festival shirt design
  • Readying for your visit
    Readying for your visit
  • Marching in Galway, Ireland
    Marching in Galway, Ireland
    U.S. Oyster Shucking Champion, Duke Landry, accompanied by former King Oyster, Jim Davis, proudly carries the American Flag in the parade initiating the International Oyster Opening Contest in Galway, Ireland.
  • Irish National Champion
    Irish National Champion
    Congrats to Michael Moran, our Irish ambassador of good will, who once again won the Irish Oyster Opening Competition in Galway tonight.
  • Irish Oysters
    Irish Oysters
    Galway International Oyster Opening Competition this weekend. Here are some Irish Oysters served there this week.
  • Satisfaction
    Satisfaction
  • Anticipation
    Anticipation
  • It's all about time and presentation!
    It's all about time and presentation!
  • Annual Cookbook
    Annual Cookbook
    The annual Cookbook features all the winning Cook-off recipes. The 2016 Edition will be Special.
  • Yum!
    Yum!
  • Aw Shucks! All Recycled.
    Aw Shucks! All Recycled.
  • mmmm! Oysters!
    mmmm! Oysters!
  • Finishing in the Amateur Heat!
    Finishing in the Amateur Heat!
  • Serving Oyster Cook-off dishes in style.
    Serving Oyster Cook-off dishes in style.
  • Frying Oysters for You!
    Frying Oysters for You!
  • Your 2016 King Oyster, King Bob Merritts, is crowned!
    Your 2016 King Oyster, King Bob Merritts, is crowned!
  • Landry returning to Ireland
    Landry returning to Ireland
    2015 U.S. Oyster Shucking Champion, Duke Landry, will take on the best Oyster Openers in the World at Galway, Ireland once again this September. (Photo: Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival)
  • Back when a single oyster was a meal!
    Back when a single oyster was a meal!
    (Courtesy Historic Sotterley)
  • Readying for competitive oyster shucking!
    Readying for competitive oyster shucking!
  • Oyster Tonging goes back at least to the Roman Empire
    Oyster Tonging goes back at least to the Roman Empire
    (Picture ca. 771AD)
  • When the oyster industry dominated Southern Maryland.
    When the oyster industry dominated Southern Maryland.
  • Moms love Oysters!
    Moms love Oysters!
  • Washington Oysters ready to serve in California!
    Washington Oysters ready to serve in California!
  • Oysters are fun!
    Oysters are fun!
  • Cookin' at the U.S. National Oyster Cook-Off!
    Cookin' at the U.S. National Oyster Cook-Off!
  • GEEZER Rocks the Oyster House!
    GEEZER Rocks the Oyster House!
  • Happy Easter!
    Happy Easter!
  • Mendez sculpture celebrating the Oyster Tonger - Annmarie Gardens
    Mendez sculpture celebrating the Oyster Tonger - Annmarie Gardens
  • King Oyster Mug in the Oyster Festival Craft area.
    King Oyster Mug in the Oyster Festival Craft area.
  • Cornmeal fried oysters, tarragon crème fraiche, pickled sunchokes – Simply delicious!
    Cornmeal fried oysters, tarragon crème fraiche, pickled sunchokes – Simply delicious!
  • Wellfleet Oysters
    Wellfleet Oysters
  • Serving up a "People's Choice" winner.
    Serving up a "People's Choice" winner.
  • Timers Ready? Shuckers Ready?
    Timers Ready? Shuckers Ready?
  • Cookin' da austers!
    Cookin' da austers!
  • BlueGrass! - Jay Armsworthy and the Eastern Tradition play the Festival
    BlueGrass! - Jay Armsworthy and the Eastern Tradition play the Festival
  • Oyster Delivery!
    Oyster Delivery!
  • An Irish Oyster!
    An Irish Oyster!
  • Rockin' at the Festival!
    Rockin' at the Festival!
  • Ready to eat
    Ready to eat
  • Serenading the Bake Sale!
    Serenading the Bake Sale!
  • 2015 People's Choice Winner
    2015 People's Choice Winner
    Robert Johnson's "Old Line Creole Oyster Stew" won the 2015 People's Choice Oyster Cook-Off Award.
  • Anne Bonifucio! Your 2015 Female Oyster Shucking Champion with King Oyster.
    Anne Bonifucio! Your 2015 Female Oyster Shucking Champion with King Oyster.
  • Foundation 4 Heros at the Festival
    Foundation 4 Heros at the Festival
  • 2015 Oyster Festival shirt design
    2015 Oyster Festival shirt design