Kin­men cel­e­brates oys­ter shuck­ing con­test, 1,000 fans happy as clams

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A cul­tural fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing oysters and wheat opened in Jin­ning Town­ship, in out­ly­ing Kin­men County Satur­day, at­tract­ing some 1,000 peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the plea­sures of pas­toral life.

The cen­ter­piece of the an­nual fes­ti­val is an oys­ter shuck­ing com­pe­ti­tion, which drew 1,000 peo­ple who formed a line about 200-me­ters long on a great oys- ter farm in Beis­han Vil­lage to shuck ap­prox­i­mately 6,000 kilo­grams of shelled oysters.

Film direc­tor Leon Dai, who is on a pri­vate trip to the out­ly­ing is­land, also took part in the event which at­tracted a crowd of a wide range of ages, with a four- year- old boy be­ing the youngest.

A 62- year- old woman sur­named Lee said that although she is a na­tive of Beis­han, this year was the first time she has at­tended the event. She col­lected a bowl of oys­ter meat re­moved from the shell in 20 min­utes, say­ing that she has de­vel­oped her skill in shuck­ing oysters from the age of six.

All par­tic­i­pants were al­lowed to take the freshly shucked oysters home, ac­cord­ing to event or­ga­niz­ers.

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