The oyster shucking competition has been the centerpiece of OysterFest since its inception. Each year, the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships are sponsored by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club as the centerpiece of the festival. Over the course of two days of competition, contestants vie for the opportunity to claim title to the fastest oyster shucker, or the best half-shell oyster shucker (some past contestants have been known to claim both titles in a single year!).

The competition goes through more than 500 dozen oysters through the course of the trials, which usually run from 11AM through 4PM on both days of OysterFest. Speed is the primary factor on Saturday, when each shucker is given 24 oysters to shuck as quickly as possible – with the fastest times usually coming in under two minutes!

On Sunday, speed is still a factor, but even more so is presentation in what are called the half-shell trials. Each contestant must not only shuck 24 oysters, but place each on its back in the half shell. Any cuts in the oyster itself, or pieces of shell in the finished half-shell, will cause points to be deducted from that shucker’s overall score – which means the person who shucks fastest may not necessarily end up the winner. Also on Sunday a prize is awarded for Best Presentation for the tray of oysters on the half-shell which looks the nicest.

The shucked oysters from each heat are passed out to audience members after judging, which with the excitement of the trials themselves, makes shucking a consistent crowd pleaser every year.

Cash prizes are awarded each day:  Saturday 1st Place for Speed Shucking is $400.  On Sunday, the winner gets $600 for Half-Shell competition. Prizes are given through 6th place each day.

 

2019  WEST COAST OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

 

SPEED SHUCKING FINALS – SATURDAY OCT 5TH

1ST PLACE     Miriel Silva            01:12:53         4TH PLACE   Alejandro Leon    01:33:00

     2ND PLACE    Gabriel Quintana  01:13:13          5TH PLACE   Francisco Leon    01:36:18     

  3RD PLACE    Gerardo Leon       01:21:06          6TH PLACE   Dionisio Leon      01:36:43

 

HALFSHELL SHUCKING FINALS – SUNDAY OCT 6TH

1ST PLACE      Alejandro Leon       02:12:72           4TH PLACE    Francisco Leon   02:33:40

2ND PLACE     Miriel Silva              02:28:03            5TH PLACE     Gerardo Leon     02:37:18

3RD PLACE     David Leck              02:31:69             6TH PLACE     Gabriel Quintana 02:48:35

 

  BEST PRESENTATION:   Mirel Silva