Oyster Festival: Endure and Prosper!
There are many aspects to the charm of the annual Oyster Festival and central to it is the annual Oyster Shucking and Eating Contests. Just as Oyster Festival goers put the event on their calendar year after year, so too do the competitors in the annual Oyster Shucking and Eating Contests. This year the 21st Annual Oyster Eating Contest was won for the fifth time by Mike Chadkowski of Hicksville and the Oyster Shucking Contest was won by Dave Mahnken of Long Beach for the fourth time. This year John Guiliano of Syosset who was in the very first Oyster Eating Contest, came back and ate 42 oysters. Ken Bentley of Oyster Bay brought his two brothers Michael and John and his sister Alice Bentley to compete in the oyster shucking contest. His wife Marianne Bentley helps to run the contest.
Festival Sponsors Look Ahead
Anton Newspapers, once again, a media sponsor of the Oyster Festival, attended the Oyster Festival Sponsors Reception held on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Doubleday Babcock Senior Center. Raw oysters on the half shell donated by the Oyster Festival founding sponsor Frank M. Flower & Sons, Inc. were heaped up at the first buffet table. They were huge. Dave Relyea of Flower's had the explanation; "they ate well this summer." They were more than double the size of last year. (That affected the count at the Oyster Eating Contest on Saturday, Oct. 16.)
Runners Invited to Join Rob's Run
Runners from Oyster Bay, Bayville, East Norwich, Mill Neck, Locust Valley and all over the New York Metropolitan area are cordially invited to come to Syosset to be part of the 12th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob's Run, a 5 Kilometer cross country run which will be held on Sunday morning, Nov. 28, at Stillwell Woods Park in Syosset.
Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club Event
Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club's 34th Annual "Pidge" Martin Golf & Tennis Outing at The Creek in Locust Valley on Sept. 17, proved to be a "Hole-In-One" success. This very popular fundraising event under the leadership of William A. Carroll raised more than $50,000 for the Club and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Club's programs, which serve over 1,500 children from the greater Locust Valley community.
Oyster Festival Kudos, Plus!