Champion shucker: Repeat winner crowned at oyster competition in St. Mary's

George Hastings of Baltimore's Cross Street Market places third

  • Michael Martin of Panama City Beach, Fla., (shown here winning the 2010 U.S. U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest) repeated at this year's contest in St. Mary's County.
Michael Martin of Panama City Beach, Fla., (shown here winning… (Handout photo )
October 16, 2011|By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun

A Florida man repeated Sunday as champion of the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest held in St. Mary's County.

The 2010 champion, Michael Martin, of Panama City Beach, won again, based on how quickly and completely he shucked 24 oysters, according to Beverly Brown, administrator of the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival.

George Hastings of Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood at Baltimore's Cross Street Market finished in third place, Brown said.

The victory qualifies Martin to compete in the world championships at the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival in Ireland next fall.

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