36th Anniversary Oyster Eating and Shucking Contests

Saturday, October 19th | 2:30 p.m.

Sign up for both contests is at the Rotary Information/Raffle Booth at the entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Park beginning at approximately 11 a.m.

Sponsored by Newton Shows

Emcee: Jim Kerr, Q104’s Morning Man

First Prize Winner receives $25 and a plaque

Second Prize Winner receives $10 and a plaque.


Special Thanks: Town of Oyster Bay–Showmobile

Oyster Eating Contest rules:

  • Maximum 12 contestants

  • All Contestants must be over the age of 18

  • Each will have a tray of (pre-shucked) 36 oysters to begin with. They will then be replenished with cups containing 12 oysters each. The original tray and empty cups will be counted to get the number of oysters consumed.

  • The time limit is 2 minutes, 40 seconds.

  • Contestants will be allowed to season their oysters. Sauce and lemon will be made available.


Oyster Shucking Contest Rules:

  • Maximum 10 contestants

  • All contestants must be over the age of 18

  • All contestants will be provided with gloves, apron, knives and a nametag

  • Contestants may use their own equipment if approved by the judges

  • Oysters must be completely severed from the shell, the muscles cut and oysters must be whole and not mutilated

  • The time limit is 4 minutes.


The Oyster Festival, the East Coast's largest waterfront festival attracting more than 150,000 attendees each year!

The Oyster Festival takes over three football field sized areas plus four blocks and offers a fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the entire family including live entertainment, ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, amusement rides, and the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. And of course...the Food Courts, where volunteer chefs and culinary pros work side by side, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster, clam and other seafood concoctions along with traditional festival fare. 


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© 2019 by the Oyster Bay Charitable Fund.

The Festival is one of the largest cooperative non-profit fundraising events on the east coast hosted by a 501C(3) organized by the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay.