The Washington State Seafood Festival or OysterFest is hosted each October in Shelton, WA. Coordinated by the Skookum Rotary Club since 1982, OysterFest has become a premier event for seafood lovers all over he Northwest. It’s not just the food – although that is definitely very awesome – there is much to see and do including live entertainment, kids’ activities, marine displays and the famous regional shucking competition. Every dollar spent at the event goes right back into the community as each OysterFest vendor is supporting a great local cause.
Don’t miss out on the excitement on the Shucking Stage where shuckers compete for the fastest time in the official West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship.
Exhibits demonstrate how important clean water is and the displays allow visitors to get “up close” with a variety of wonderful sea creatures. In addition to the touch tanks there are exhibits on aquaculture, natural resources, and public safety. The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association illustrates a spectrum of issues in their booth including environmental protection, shellfish safety, regulations and provide public information materials and answer questions.
Also on site is the Washington State Department of Health with their Shellfish Program. Their mission is to educate and prevent illness in people who eat shellfish. The Mason County PUD# 3 shows helpful hints to reduce energy use and be safe around electricity.
Hosted at the decommissioned runway at the Shelton Airport, just off Hwy 101 north of Shelton, OysterFest isa great event for the whole family. Camping is available onsite, reserve online at oysterfest.org.
The event features entertainment on two stages, kids activities, community booths as well as plenty of unique and varied food booths. Great care is taken to not repeat any item so attendees always have plenty of food choices. Dogs are not permitted at the event (with the exception of service animals), Parking is FREE and there is also a FREE shuttle service from a multitude of locations in Shelton. Admission is $5.00.
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