Food Preparation

Your Oyster Festival Champions Warm Up for the National Contest While they Shuck Your Oysters

The Oyster Festival contestants practice their shucking skills as they open oysters for the St. Mary’s Optimist Club Raw Oyster Bar. Contestants may be found sharpening their skills in Building 2 on both Saturday and Sunday morning prior to the start of the shucking contest. Stop by and pick up some pointers from the pros. Recent winners are shown in the panel to the right as they warm up foror compete in the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest.

Your Dedicated Oyster Festival Volunteers

An event the size of the St. Mary’s Oyster Festival generates many tens of  thousand dollars for the participating local service clubs. These clubs each use Oyster Festival proceeds to support worthy charitable and educational causes in our Southern Maryland communities. Dollars spent on service club provided food at the Oyster Festival benefits those in need of assistance. None of this would be possible if it were not for the unsung army of volunteers who turn out annually to serve you a bit of Southern Maryland hospitality. The panel below  salutes all those who selflessly volunteer their labor to this most worthwhile cause. We only regret that we can only highlight but a few of these very special people.  (Pictures below)


2021, 2019, 2017 and 2016 Champ

Honor Allen

2018 Champ

Brain Clark


2015, 2014, 1990, 1989 and 1987 Champ
Duke Landry


2013, 2008 and 2007 Champ
William “Chopper” Young


2012 (US), 2011 and 2010 Champ
Mike Martin


2009, 2006 and 2001 Champ
Scotty O’Lear