Don't miss shucking champ at Oyster Fest

The Milford Oyster Festival, this city’s biggest event of the year, is Saturday.

Honor Allen, the 2016 U.S. National Oyster-Shucking Champion, will be one of the shuckers at this year's festival, competing in oyster shucking contests several times during the day. Allen had a composite score of 2:58.96 at the U.S. Championship, earning him a spot at the International Oyster-Opening Championship in Galway, Ireland, next September.

The Milford Oyster Festival has the largest variety of oysters than any festival in the USA. This year there will be 41,000 oysters with 21 varieties from eight states on the East Coast.

There will also be 6,000 clams.

The festival's oyster-shucking contest will take place at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. on Oyster Festival Day, Saturday, Aug. 19, behind the Milford Public Library, and festival-goers will have a chance to see Allen and other shuckers in action.

(Find event schedules here.)

This year's headline band is Blackberry Smoke. Opening for them is The Artimus Pyle Band and local favorites DizzyFish on the Fowler Field Main Stage.

Oyster Eve takes place downtown Friday, Aug. 18. There is a $5 cover charge to get into Oyster Eve events.

(Find more on Oyster Eve here.)

For more information visit the festival website,