The Big Shuck

Aw Shucks!
Andy Rogers, 2022 Winner of The Big Shuck
Andy Rogers, 2022 Winner of The Big Shuck

On Sunday, June 25 at 11 a.m. join us at the L.L.Bean Discovery Park Stage to watch the pros throw down in their own shucking contest. They will each be given two dozen oysters and this time it’s not just the fastest time that counts. For the pros, it’s also about the quality of their shucks. A judge will inspect their finished product and add time on for any penalties according to the chart below. Special thanks to Brian Kevin, Editor of Down East Magazine, for being the emcee of The Big Shuck! 

PENALTIES. Judges will add seconds to shucking time accordingly:
(1) An oyster not completely severed from shell ……….………….add 3 seconds
(2) An oyster presented on a broken shell……………….…………….add 1 second
(3) An oyster presented with grit or other foreign substance……….add 3 seconds
(4) A cut oyster………………………………………………………..….add 3 seconds
(5) An oyster not placed properly in the shell………………………add 2 seconds
(6) A missing oyster……………………………………………………..add 20 seconds
BONUS. Judges may (optionally) award a bonus reduction of ten (10) seconds as an
award for a tray whose presentation is deemed outstanding.

2022 The Big Shuck Results
Winner: 🥇 Andy Rogers of the Jolie Rogers Traveling Raw Bar and Scully’s Oyster & Lobster Market TIME 1:57:43
Runner Up: 🥈 Libby Davis with the Lady Shuckers TIME 2:58:12
Third Place: 🥉 John Herrigel of Maine Oyster Company TIME 3:16:78
Rest of the Field:
  • Brooke Kotack of Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto, Canada! TIME 3:17:50
  • Leo Sparta of Spartan Sea Farms and Freeport Oyster Bar TIME 3:39:25
  • Jake Gerry of Keystone Sea Farm TIME 3:49:25 🎉 The ONLY contestant with no faults and he also earned the extra 10 seconds from the judges for outstanding presentation! 🎉
  • Rodney Rosier – winner of the Public Shucking Contests TIME 4:23:12

Jacqueline Clark, The Briny Babe

Jacqueline Clarke is an experienced food, travel, and lifestyle journalist and creative consultant within the aquaculture industry. Based in Portland, Maine, she is the co-owner of Nor’Easter Oyster Co and Salt Society, as well as the marketing consultant for SoPo Seafood.

John Herrigel

Founder and owner of Maine Oyster Company.

Founder and host of OysterFest at Harvest on the Harbor.

Coined the phrase, “BOOM SHUCK A LUCKA!.”

Ralph Smith

Owner of Mine Oyster Raw Bar & Gathering Place and Boathouse Bistro both in Boothbay Harbor. He has been a frequent competitor at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival in Damariscotta. Smith moved to the Boothbay region more than 20 years ago to work at Spruce Point Inn as an event coordinator and waiter. He opened Mine Oyster about 10 years ago and Boat House Bistro more than 20 years ago. He caters events & functions up to 300 people. Smith also provides his catering service “pro-bono” to local civic groups.

Kate Tracy
A 2022 graduate of Freeport High School and a pro-shucker at Freeport Oyster Bar!


Libby Davis, Owner/Operator, Lady Shuckers LLC
Libby is a Maine native with a background in Biology and International Development and has worked in the aquaculture industry for the last 4 years. She got her start working as the restaurant manager at Maine Oyster Company in 2018 and gained extensive experience in raw-bar operations management, oyster farming, shellfish shipping and distribution, as well as marketing and event coordinating. She has been professionally shucking oysters for the last 4 years and began Lady Shuckers mobile raw-bar and event company last year with the mission to support and source products exclusively from women-owned sea farms and increase visibility for underrepresented groups on the working waterfront.

Leo Sparta 

“Hi! My name is Leo Sparta. I am super into cars and am building a Miata now! I love all things outdoors and all things surrounding the water. I run track and throw as well!”

Leo helps run Spartan Sea Farms and is most often found shucking at Freeport Oyster Bar.

Allison Sawyer, General Manager of Freeport Oyster Bar 

With a long hospitality resume from Vermont and Portland (Press Hotel, Luke’s Lobster), Allie’s brought all that expertise to bear in opening the Freeport Oyster Bar. She’s also a key partner in bringing The Maine Oyster Festival to life. She’s a little rusty but she’s breaking out her shucking knife this Sunday!

Kelly Punch, Catering & Events Manager, Mere Point Oyster Farm 

Kelly keeps the fun times rolling at Mere Point. Kayak tours, wedding catering & raw bar service, chef dinners and so much more!

Leila Avery, Intern at the Darling Marine Center and farm hand at Community Shellfish

Leila is a passionate student researcher and Maryland native. She attends Loyola University and shucks for Sidecar Patio in New Orleans and has traveled to the West Coast to be immersed in the world of commercial oyster farming. Coming from a background of oyster conservation and restoration, she is now conducting a study on oyster shell morphology at the Darling Marine Center. Leila is looking to bridge the gap between science and aquaculture one oyster at a time!