OysterFest Canceled for 2020
Skookum Rotary Club is canceling this year’s OysterFest event based on potential Covid 19 risks and social distancing guidelines that will most likely be required for the remainder of the year. We do not believe we can hold an event that may draw over 12,000 people into a single, confined area.
The decision is being made at this time because of the large number of commitments that must be made now to our multiple company partners and our local not-for-profit volunteers.
We know that this is a large loss for our community however, human safety and disease prevention is our most important consideration. **
Our club plans to be back for OysterFest 2021.
Welcome to the biggest charity fundraising event in the South Puget Sound. All our food vendors and exhibitors are non-profit organizations doing good things for the community and world-wide. Unlike other festivals, every penny that is made at OysterFest is plowed back into charity organizations that provide services for those in need.
Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and so much more come together for two days every year on the first weekend in October. Hosted by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club Foundation and attended by thousands, OysterFest is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and is Washington State’s official seafood festival.
The festival also features hands-on water quality exhibits, and is itself a giant a food pavilion with nearly 100 unique items on the menu: BBQ oysters, fritters, spring rolls, garlic shrimp, fresh cider and so much more. Better yet, your culinary adventure supports about 100 local non-profit service clubs and organizations, as well as funding scholarships and local community improvement projects. What hidden pearls will you find at OysterFest?
Tickets & RV Reservations
Tickets are available online, and also at the entrance during the festival. Festival RV and camping spaces can be also reserved online, for the Wednesday before OysterFest through the Monday after.
The centerpiece of OysterFest is, of course, the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships, but you’ll also find live music on four different stages, and one is just for kids!
Nearly 100 unique items are on the menu every year (alongside the festival’s Washington Wine Hall and the Microbrew Garden). Kids especially love the hands-on exhibits about our remarkable local tidal areas.