William "Chopper" Young celebrates his 2013 U.S, National Oyster Shucking Champion victory with woman's champion, Kathy Milliken, and 2013 King Oyster Larry Branthoover.
Mr. William "Chopper" Young of Massachusetts became the 2013 United States National Oyster Shucking Champion in a close contest with defending Woman's champion , Kathy Milliken, of North Carolina. "Chopper" won the same title in 2006 and went on to become the 2007 Winner of the International Oyster Opening Contest in Galway, Ireland. He won the U.S. National Title again in 2007 and finished second in Galway in 2008.
National Oyster Cookoff 2013 grand prize winner Debbie Reynolds proudly displays her winning Main Dish entry, Oysters and Chipotle Grits. 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.