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Plates of raw oysters are stacked and ready for tasters at the 30th annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 19, 2013)

30th annual Oyster Festival draws legions of fans

Oyster Bay is known for being the home of President Theodore Roosevelt and its most valuable commodity, the oyster. Every year post-Columbus Day, the mollusk is celebrated with its own festival, held, fittingly, in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. This weekend, 22 shuckers will plow through 40,000 oysters over the course of the festival, now in its 30th year.

An oyster-shucking contest took place, with first place
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An oyster-shucking contest took place, with first place going to Ralph Alarcon, of Lynbrook, who is wearing a bright yellow shirt. Second place went to Louis Tuscilio, of Woodbury. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Crabs dipped in a batter are ready to
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Crabs dipped in a batter are ready to be fried at the Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 19, 2013)

An oyster-shucking contest was held at the Oyster
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An oyster-shucking contest was held at the Oyster Festival, with first place going to Ralph Alarcon, of Lynbrook, who is wearing bright yellow, and second place going to Louis Tuscilio, of Woodbury. (Oct. 19, 2013)

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Oysters get shucked at the 30th annual Oyster
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Oysters get shucked at the 30th annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Plates of raw oysters are stacked and ready
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Plates of raw oysters are stacked and ready for tasters at the 30th annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Carnival rides and arcade games at Fireman's Field
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Carnival rides and arcade games at Fireman's Field entertained children of all ages at the Oyster Festival. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Children followed the pirates from Kings of the
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Children followed the pirates from Kings of the Coast as they journeyed out on a treasure hunt. (Oct. 19, 2013)

A wide variety of unique animals greeted their
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A wide variety of unique animals greeted their many visitors. (Oct. 19, 2013)

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A wide variety of unique animals greeted their
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A wide variety of unique animals greeted their many visitors. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Fried oysters are being prepared at the 30th
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Fried oysters are being prepared at the 30th annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Visitors sit down to eat a variety of
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Visitors sit down to eat a variety of food, including oysters. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Fried oysters being made at the 30th annual
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Fried oysters being made at the 30th annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Thousands of people attend the 30th annual Oyster
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Thousands of people attend the 30th annual Oyster Festival. (Oct. 19, 2013)

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Thousands of people attend the 30th annual Oyster
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Thousands of people attend the 30th annual Oyster Festival. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Visitors sit down to eat many varieties of
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Visitors sit down to eat many varieties of food including oysters. The 30th annual Oyster Festival held at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay featured an oyster-shucking and oyster-eating contest, a tall ship, live music performances, a pirates treasure hunt, an endless food court, exotic animals, carnival rides and more. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Plenty of shucking at the Oyster Festival in
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Plenty of shucking at the Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 19, 2013)

Plates of raw oysters are stacked and ready
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Plates of raw oysters are stacked and ready for eating at the 30th annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 19, 2013)

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