Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Oysterfest: What Goes Down, Must Come Up?

FULTON, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An oyster binge is going down in Fulton, Texas, and hopefully, the slippery snack doesn’t come back up.

The 30th Annual Fulton Oysterfest happens this Thursday (Mar. 5) through Sunday (Mar. 8), and the highlight of the event is the oyster eating competition.

Organizer Beverly Garis says spectators gather in throngs to watch guys, gals, and kids guzzle down oysters, but it isn’t always pretty.

Contestants have five minutes to eat as many shelled oysters as possible, and must sit still for five minutes afterwards to make sure the oysters don’t come back up.

Although Garis has never seen anyone puke during the event, she’s seen folks get sick immediately afterwards.

However, the strongest stomachs prevail.

The male record holder for the contest has downed 300 plus oysters, while the eight-time female champ’s record is 169 and the kid’s division record is 80.

Garis says the key to winning is to swallow the oysters straight from a cup with little or no chewing.

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