Macon wins state oyster shucking championship
|Men’s champion James Carter (left) and Women’s champion Clementine Macon battle in the finals. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
Clementine Macon of Middlesex County emerged as champion of the 2011 Virginia Oyster Shucking Competition held last Saturday at the 54th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival.
Macon defeated the men’s professional winner, James Carter of Center Cross, in the finals. Macon’s time to shuck two dozen oysters was 3:14, compared to Carter’s time of 4:15.
Macon’s time of 2:57 also won the professional women’s division over her sister, Deborah Pratt of Jamaica in upper Middlesex, who had a time of 4:01.
As the top professional shucker, Macon won $300, plus $100 for winning the women’s division.
Macon will compete for the national oyster shucking title in October, 2012 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Macon is the reigning National Women’s Oyster Shucking Champion. She won the national title in 2010 and 2011.
In Urbanna on Saturday, Carter dominated the men’s pro division with a time of 4:47 and won $100 for capturing the men’s division. Jermaine Brokenborough of Chesterfield was second with a time of 5:04. Coming in third among the pros was Palmer Hollister of Richmond with a time of 5:42.
In both the men’s and women’s professional divisions, the second place finisher was awarded $50, and the third place finisher $25.
The amateur division was won by Brandon Stone of Midlothian. He shucked 12 oysters in 2:46. Jim Ogburn of Reedville was second with a time of 2:59, and Betsy Toist of Charlottesville was third with a time of 3:36.
Presentation of the oysters on the half shell is very important. The above times are the corrected times, which are adjusted for imperfections such as cut oysters or shell in the oysters.
The oyster shucking contest was sponsored by Revere Gas and Rappahannock River Oysters.