Oyster Shucking Contest

Since Urbanna is the home of The Virginia "official" Oyster Festival, it is only appropriate that some of the best oyster shuckers in the world practice their trade here. Local sisters Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon Boyd are two of the top shuckers in the world, capable of taking down two dozen oysters in less than three minutes! Come grab a seat on the hillside and watch as professional oyster shuckers from throughout the state compete for the title of Virginia State Oyster Shucking Champion!Contestants are judged not only on finishing time, but also on presentation. Pieces of shell and damaged oysters result in time deductions, adding to the suspenseful announcement of the ultimate champion!

The winner advances to compete in the National Oyster Shucking Contest in St. Mary’s, Maryland. The National Champion then travels to Galway, Ireland for the World Championship.

Prior to the state championship come test your skills at the amateur competition! Brave souls take to the stage to test their speed at shucking a dozen oysters for fun and prizes! Sign-ups are at 9 AM behind the firehouse. Don't miss out on this popular and exciting event!

Revere Gas & Appliance and Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC are the proud 2016 Sponsors of the Oyster Shucking Contest