Seafood festival's recipe: Success

<I>DEBBIE HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>Warren Cowell checks on the status of some steaming shellfish at the Nahcotta seafood festival.

NAHCOTTA - The Nahcotta Seafood Festival is growing in leaps and bites. The second annual event sponsored by the Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association took place Saturday, May 3, at the Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta, and was attended by several hundred people.

The star of the festival was the oyster, prepared in any number of ways and appreciated by the hungry visitors. Steamer clams were another bay delicacy served at the various food booths. Several local artisans had their crafts on display and for sale. A beer and wine garden was a popular place to wash down the bounty from the bay.

Easy listening music was supplied to add to the relaxed mood on the shore of the Willapa. The Coast Guard, Pacific County Fire District, and Fish and Wildlife Department had exhibits that both entertained and informed.

The oyster shucking contest was the highlight of the festival. One could easily see the difference between the pros in their category and the amateur shuckers.

Another favorite were the tours of Willapa Bay aboard the vessel, Ginny Lee. The Oyster Growers are already busying themselves to make next year's event, timed to show off the north end of the Peninsula during Loyalty Day weekend, even larger and more delicious - if that's possible.

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