Next full scale Oyster Festival – October 16-17, 2021 at St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds

Gates open at 10 AM Saturday Oct 16 and close at 6pm. Gates open at 11 AM on Oct 17 and close at 6 PM.

Now Available:

Oyster Festival Frequently Asked Questions

Oyster Shucking Championship Registration,

Oyster Shucking Amateur Registration,

 2021 U.S. Oyster Cook-Off Rules,

and Sponsorship Opportunities!

Please contact for details. 

The U.S. National Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County enables the Rotary Club of Lexington Park and numerous other service organizations to help build community.

Our 2021 Sponsors



The 2019 U.S. National Oyster Shucking Champion is Honor Allen of Florida. His 2019 shucking time was 1 Minute 59.22 seconds and his final time was 2 minute 20.22 seconds.  Honor will compete in the Galway, Ireland International Oyster Opening Contest for the third time in 2020.
Marty Hyson wins Best Main Dish, the People’s Choice Award and the Grand Prize in the 2019 U.S. Oyster Cookoff with his “Crispy Buffalo Maryland Oysters on Blue Cheese Grits”.. For more 2019 cook-off results CLICK HERE. For the recipe CLICK HERE.

Join us for the United States Oyster Festival on the third weekend in October at the St . Mary’s County Fairgrounds. Your support permits the charitable efforts of many St. Mary’s County organizations.