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Pratt wins shucking title

See the pros in action! Timmy Jenkins and Deborah Pratt battle for the title of fastest shucker in Virginia.
Deborah Pratt of Middlesex repeated as champion of the Virginia Oyster Shucking Contest, which was held Saturday at the 52nd Urbanna Oyster Festival.

Pratt defeated the men’s professional winner, Timmy Jenkins of Hayes in the finals. Pratt’s time of 3:28 to shuck two dozen oysters was just 9 seconds faster than Jenkins’ time of 3:37.

Pratt’s time of 3:36 won the professional women’s division over her sister, Clementine (Macon) Boyd of Urbanna, who had a time of 3:58.

Pratt, who lives in Jamaica in upper Middlesex County, will compete for the national oyster shucking title next October in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. At the nationals held in October 2009, Pratt won the national women’s championship.

Last Saturday, Jenkins won the men’s professional division with a time of 4:09. Jermaine Brokenborough, a Middlesex native who now lives in Chesterfield, was second in the men’s division,with a time of 4:30. Jeremy Wilkins of Kitty Hawk, N.C., was third with a time of 5:02.

The amateur division was won by Brad Sherrod of Richmond with a time of 2:33 in shucking one dozen oysters. Thomas Maine of Midlothian was second (3:48) and Colleen Bartolini was third (3.54).

Presentation of the oysters on the half shell is very important. The above listed 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.

posted 11.11.2009

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