. . . stuck to a seafood diet. Oysters aren't the only thing on the menu at the annual St. Mary's County Oyster Festival, but they're obviously the main attraction. You'll find them raw, slathered with sauce and stacked in a sandwich. Where you stop for seconds is up to you, but be sure to check for surprises among this year's cook-off entrants. The friendly competition doesn't end there: Catch a round of the shucking contest, which ends with the men's and women's champs facing off for the national title.
The National Oyster Shucking Championship ends with a Sunday showdown.
(2000 Photo Sarah L. Voisin -- The Washington Post)
37th annual St. Mary's County Oyster Festival
Oct. 18-19, St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, south of Leonardtown. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission: $5. For details and directions, call 301-863-5015 or go to www.usoysterfest.com.
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