Speed and presentation

Thousands enjoyed sunny OysterFest


October 12, 2023

Shawna Whelan/SMCJ

Miriel Silva competes in a speed and presentation shucking contest at the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship at OysterFest at Sanderson Field on Sunday.

About 12,000 to 13,000 people enjoyed sunny skies, seafood and live music during the 41st OysterFest last weekend at Sanderson Field in Shelton.

That's the crowd estimate from the host, Shelton Skookum Rotary Club, which met Monday morning to discuss how it went, said Laurie Brown, the group's public image director. Paid admission was 11,000, with children admitted free Saturday and Sunday, she said. More than 1,200 people were vendors and volunteers, Brown added. More than 420 RV sites were filled.

The Shelton Skookum Rotary Club doesn't have an estimate of the crowd size at Friday night's...

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