Wet weather and a scare at a Brunswick County seafood company did not keep oyster lovers from the 28th annual Oyster Festival over the Weekend. There were plenty of oysters to go around at this year's North Carolina Oyster Festival. Mike Most even drove down from Cary to practice his shucking. Just a few days ago, people were worried there wouldn't be enough oysters at this year’s festival. 250 bushels were in jeopardy on Thursday after a seafood company in Supply caught fire. Luckily, the oysters were spared, leaving plenty for 10 year old Sarah Costa to rip open. ”I sometimes take the easy ones and open them with my hands, but I've had two that I've had to use the little oyster sheller," said Costa. There is a trick to shucking and sometimes a lesson from a pro is necessary. You have to find the corner of the shell that is slightly open, then take your oyster shucker and lift it till it pops off. Cathy Altman of the Shallotte Chamber of Commerce absolutely loves spending time at the festival. She said, "Roasted oysters, a cold Pepsi or Coca cola, good friends, makes for a great time." In North Carolina, it is illegal to throw away oyster shells, instead you are encouraged to recycle shells at shell recycling centers around the area.
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