The annual Maine Champion Oyster Shucking Contest will be held at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival on Sunday, September 30.DAMARISCOTTA — “Get ready… Get set… Get shucking!” will be the starting cry for the annual Maine Champion Oyster Shucking Contest at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival on Sunday, September 30.
Contestants in the Maine Champion Oyster Shucking Contest will be timed while shucking a set amount of oysters, and then demerits against that time will be judged based on the quality of the shucked oyster, including any shell pieces left and how much liquid (called “liquor”) is left in the oyster.
Top prize for the Maine Champion Oyster Shucker will be a custom belt buckle and belt designed by Alan McKinnon of Narragansett Leathers in Damariscotta. The winner will also be qualified to compete in the National Oyster Shucking Contest held in St. Mary’s, Mass.
The Maine Champion Oyster Shucking Contest will be held at approximately 3 p.m. on the day of the event, and participants may sign up between noon and 2:30 p.m. during the festival.
As always, the Pemaquid Oyster Festival will feature a line-up of entertainment, food, and educational exhibits.
While the event is held outdoors on Schooner Landing’s riverside deck, there are tents to cover the educational exhibits, entertainment stage, and other locations so that the Pemaquid Oyster Festival can be held rain or shine.
The Pemaquid Oyster Festival is also seeking volunteers to fill a variety of positions. Some of the activities volunteers will be needed for include: stage management, festival set-up and take-down, boat deck hands, boat ride gate management, oyster shucking, general assistance on the food line, and contest management.
For more information on volunteer work or sponsorships, call 380-9912 or email