Shell of a Good Time

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Adam Dietrich takes down an Oyster from the Humboldt Made booth at the 25th Annual Oyster Festival. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Adam Dietrich takes down an Oyster from the Humboldt Made booth at the 25th Annual Oyster Festival.
The 25th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival filled the plaza and plenty of bellies this past Saturday. The sun was out, the bands were swinging and the lines at the more than 50 booths snaked in all directions. When the judging was through, Sushi Spot took home Best Raw Oyster again, Folie Douce won Best Cooked Oyster and a tiny key lime pie from Emerald and Sage Catering snagged Best Non-oyster. By now we hope that, like us, you're finally able to look at a bivalve again because photographer Mark McKenna was there, darting between the grills, tents and revelers to capture the goings on.  


Kumamoto oysters cook on a grill. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Kumamoto oysters cook on a grill.

Rick Reeves shucks his support for his two daughters on the Eureka High School cheerleading squad. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Rick Reeves shucks his support for his two daughters on the Eureka High School cheerleading squad.

Those knives are no joke: Eric Lindstrom dons leather gloves as he shucks a Kumamoto for the Humboldt Made booth. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Those knives are no joke: Eric Lindstrom dons leather gloves as he shucks a Kumamoto for the Humboldt Made booth.

Ryan and Catherine McIntosh dive in. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Ryan and Catherine McIntosh dive in.


Don Banducci shucks a Kumamoto. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Don Banducci shucks a Kumamoto.

Dave Silverbrand works the mic on the main stage. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Dave Silverbrand works the mic on the main stage.

Drummers and dancers from Olio Music and Dance Collective entertain the crowd. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Drummers and dancers from Olio Music and Dance Collective entertain the crowd.

Samba in the sun from Olio. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Samba in the sun from Olio.

James Smith savors a contender during the Best Raw Oyster, Best Cooked Oyster and Best Non-oyster  judging. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • James Smith savors a contender during the Best Raw Oyster, Best Cooked Oyster and Best Non-oyster judging.

Shuck it forward: A total stranger handed  a plate of oysters to Dan Becker of Roseburg, Oregon. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Shuck it forward: A total stranger handed a plate of oysters to Dan Becker of Roseburg, Oregon.

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