The world’s his oyster: Lynbrook local is best shucker

November 6, 2013 by  

The family Ralph Alarcon may well feel the need to clam up after the Lynbrook man proved that being shellfish isn’t all bad.

Taking part in the festivities of the annual Oyster Festival at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park the 37 year old took the top spot in the oyster-shucking contest.

He managed to open 38 of the mighty mollusks in just four minutes.

Held for the last 30 years, the festival is a huge fundraiser. Raising vital cash for local nonprofits, it is a favorite of many members of the community.

As well as the shucking contest, the crowds were wowed by many other oyster related events, with somewhere in the region of 40,000 oysters likely to have been eaten through the course of the two-day event.

Drawing a particularly large crowd, which may have been helped with some local poster of banner printing, was the eating contest. A battle to see who could consume the most oysters, John Guiliano from Syosset and Nathaniel Cocca-Bates of Harlem, shared first place at the first time of asking.

Each chomped their way through 108 of the delicacies in just 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Guiliano won the minute eating tie break, managing to eat 71 to Nathaniel’s 36.

Clearly happy with his win, Guiliano said

“They are simply delicious!”

With food booths on offer selling more than just oysters, the festival has been attracting crowds of up to 15,000 since it started in 1984. Developing from a street festival in its early days, successful marketing has made the event much bigger.