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VIDEO: Hundreds celebrate 76th Georgetown Oyster Eat

By Nick Roth | Mar 01, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth The 76th annual Georgetown Oyster Eat was held at the Georgetown Fire Company Feb. 22, drawing nearly 1,000 people, mostly men, for oysters, beer and fun. Shown are (l-r) Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes; Luis Lopez, Ernie's father; and Chip Flowers, state treasurer.

Georgetown Fire Hall was alive with the sound of bluegrass music, and the air was smoky with the smell of cigars and oysters as more than 900 people came out to the county seat for the 76th annual Oyster Eat.

This year's crowd was comparable to last year's 75th celebration, as the nearly all-male event was packed from wall to wall, all eager to get their hands on some oysters and sandwiches and wash it down with 16 Mile's Responders Ale.

At 10 p.m., the annual auction of a commemorative Oyster Eat knife commenced with D.J. Vail of Baltimore placing the winning bid of $2,000.

"I bid every year but it always gets too expensive," said Vail, who's attended the event the last eight years. "Not this year."

This year's knife was handcrafted by Neal Greene.

A Beretta 686 Oynx Over and Under 28-Gauge Shotgun was also raffled off at the event.

The money raised during the event is used to fund Georgetown Fire Department's annual operations. The total amount of money raised this year was not available.


76th Georgetown Oyster Eat
Here are some sights and sounds from the 76th Annual Georgetown Oyster Eat. (Video by: Dennis Forney)
Shown selling commemorative T-shirts are (l-r) Don Mitchell; Mike Vincent, Sussex County Council president; Ric Marvel; and Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
D.J. Vail of Baltimore, left, was the winning bidder on the Oyster Eat Knife. Vail said he's attended the Oyster Eat the last eight years and bids in the auction every year. He poses for a photo with event chair Michael Briggs. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Event chair Michael Briggs displays the commemorative Oyster Eat knife as auctioneer Dave Wilson works the crowd. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
16 Mile co-owner Chad Campbell, left, kept the beer flowing with the help of Georgetown Fire Company President Ira Hitchens. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Dean Sapp and the Harford Express played throughout the night as hundreds of attendees enjoyed oysters, beer and some dancing. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ric Marvel holds up the 76th annual Georgetown Oyster Eat commemorative T-shirt. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Selling raffle tickets were (l-r) Chip Stevenson, assistant fire chief; Sam Wilson, Sussex County Council; and Penuel Barrett, deputy fire chief. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Matt Pfaffenhauser of 16 Mile circled the crowd with a keg strapped to his back to refill any empty cups along the way. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Mike Erixson quickly gets a batch of freshly steamed oysters out to an eager crowd. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Nearly a thousand men attended the 76th annual Georgetown Oyster Eat. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ryan Batdorf of Lewes, left, and Chris Sylvester of Smyrna joined hundreds of others at the 76th annual Georgetown Oyster Eat. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Randy Humphreys passes off a few baskets of oysters fresh out of the steamer. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A steady stream of steamed oysters hit the tables throughout the four-hour event. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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