It's time again for the 4th annual Oyster Eating Challenge on Hood Canal at the beautiful Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union Washington! This year, Thursday July 3, will be another chance for one lucky eater to win a great prize package valued at 1200.00 thanks to the Alderbrook Resort & Spa.
Here is the story from last years challenge:
Oyster Challenger Breaks New Record
Go. That was the last word the contestants heard for five minutes as the crowds screamed, yelled and clapped for the challengers slurping raw oysters at the third annual oyster challenge. The noise from the crowd reached a crescendo as a new record was broken and a new winner emerged - Denise Crosier of Centralia.
The scene had been set weeks ago when some of the most competitive oyster eaters around were chosen to compete during the Alderbrook Resort and Spas “Thunder On The Canal”. Chris Posten, Cody Treadwell, Maria Cross, Mike West and his daughter Denise Crosier all entered online at kmasnewsradio.com and were chosen on Daybreak with Jeff & Dale on KMAS Newsradio. A sixth contestant who was selected did not show up, so a substitute was chosen by the audience.
When Dale Hubbard said ‘Go’ it was a race to the finish. Taylor Shellfish Farms provided and prepared the raw oysters for the event and under normal circumstances I’m sure they would have been delicious like all Taylor oysters. This however, was an eating competition and speed replaced savoring. Behind each contestant, a ‘handler’ stood holding numbers for each dozen eaten, so the audience could keep track. The ‘handler’ was also there for encouragement and help if the oysters needed to make a quick exit.
Local politicians 35th District Representative Drew Macewan and former US Congressman Norm Dicks were on hand to help cheer on the eaters, but it was the oyster challenge’s first winner, Dan “The Man” Gangon who was lucky enough to stand behind the winner. The plates were finished off in seconds from all the eaters but after the seconds moved into minutes the rigors of competition set in and the eaters started to slow down. When the competition was done, the winner was clear and with over 11 dozen oysters eaten, a new record, Denise Crosier of Centralia was the winner.
Once the oyster challengers and oysters were cleaned up, the Type-A band, who has been playing the Alderbrook celebration for years entertained the crowd playing dance music until the night was capped off by a fireworks show with amazing new firework. These new fireworks appeared as if they were coming out of the water and the fireworks were accompanied by music from artists as various as Neil Diamond and Tchaikovsky.
From the time the Alderbrook opened its gates to the public to the last person left, this year’s celebration of America’s birth was fantastic.