2022 U.S. Oyster Festival

2022 U.S. Oyster Festival

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$15 – $20

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St. Mary's County Fairgrounds

42455 Fairgrounds Road

Leonardtown, MD 20650

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No Refunds

Enjoy fresh, local oysters, oyster shucking contests, an oyster cook-off, live entertainment, and more at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds.

About this event

Come celebrate the opening of oyster season on the Chesapeake Bay at the 56th annual Oyster Festival in St. Mary's Maryland! Enjoy both the U.S. National Championship Oyster Shucking contests and the U.S. Oyster Cook-off at this two-day family fun oysterfest. There will be plenty of food and drinks, live music, local artists and other interesting vendors, and best of all, proceeds benefit our local community!

The 2022 U.S. Oyster Festival is 10 am-6 pm on Saturday, October 15th and 11 am-6 pm on Sunday, October 16th.

Tickets are $15 for one day or $20 for a two-day pass. Attendees 10 and under are admitted free and no ticket is required.

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Saturday, October 15th, gates open at 10 am

Schedule of Events

Auditorium and at the Shucking Stands

10 am-1:30 pm National Oyster Cooking Contest

2 pm Cook-off Winners Announced

3 pm-3:45 pm Amateur Shucking Contest

4 pm-5 pm Women's Shucking Contest

5 pm-6 pm Men's Shucking Contest

Entertainment at multiple stages around the Fairgrounds

11 am One Trick Pony

11 am & 1 pm Professor Horn & Punch and Judy

1:30 pm Sibling Rivalry Fiddle Band

3 pm O'Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance

4 pm Bootleggers

4 pm Professor Horn & Punch and Judy

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Sunday, October 16th, gates open at 11 am

Schedule of Events

Auditorium and at the Shucking Stands

2 pm- 3 pm Amateur Shucking Contest

3 pm-4 pm Women's Shucking Contest

4 pm-5 pm Men's Shucking Contest

5 pm National Championship Shucking Contest

Entertainment at multiple stages around the Fairgrounds

12 pm Professor Horn & Punch and Judy

1:30 pm Eastport Oyster Boys

2 pm & 4 pm Professor Horn & Punch and Judy

4 pm Latrice Carr Music Group

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Saturday & Sunday All-Day Activities include:

Oyster Tonging

Corn Hole Contest

Inflatable Slide

Scavenger Hunt

Face Painting

Science Demonstrations

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Enjoy oysters served up raw, scalded, grilled on the barbie, on bread, on the half shell, stewed, nude, cooked in savory sauces, in salads, even in desserts… just about every way imaginable and then some!

Sample an exquisite variety of tasty oyster dishes created by our finest local restaurants, farmers, and charitable organizations with profits going back to support our community.

And to complement the bountiful bivalves, enjoy ice cream, shaved ice, kettle corn, donuts, nuts, funnel cakes, baked goods, hand-made old-fashioned sodas, and...of course, local beer and wine.

Young or old: don't forget your ID if you plan to drink alcohol; we have a 100% ID check policy for everyone.

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Proceeds from the ticket sales for this event support the community-building efforts of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park. The Rotary motto "Service Above Self" sums up our purpose, both in our community and around the world. In 2019, proceeds from The Oyster Festival allowed the Club to initiate a new food bank for the county. The Feed St. Mary's Food Bank is now an independent stand-alone non-profit corporation, thanks to your financial support.

Along with the charitable foundation of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park, your purchases at the festival directly fund the charitable efforts of many St. Mary's County organizations who sell all of the delicious oyster foodstuffs, so please come hungry, wear loose pants, and spend generously!

Find out more info about the U.S. Oyster Festival including contest details and location maps here.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival!

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