Ocean Shores, WA – Tuesday, March 26th: The Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual Razor Clam Festival and Seafood Extravaganza had winners galore over this past weekend, March 23 and 24. The thousands of visitors all won with great weather, a host of vendors, pony and purple slide rides, chainsaw wood carvers, cooking demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, and food – lots of food!
The Chamber and all of their sponsors awarded ribbons and prizes in five clam and seafood related contests:
Professional Clam Chowder Cook-Off - Sponsored by Timberland Bank
1st Place - North Shore Grill
2nd Place - Shilo
3rd Place - Bennett’s Fish Shack
The winner gets bragging rights for Ocean Shores and the North Coast until next year.
Amateur Clam Chowder Cook-Off - Sponsored by Timberland Bank
1st Place - Danny Warren - Gig Harbor
2nd Place - Thara Eang - Ocean Shores
3rd Place - Randy Himes – Kent
(Note: two of this year’s winners were not from the hometown entries – they were from Gig Harbor and Kent!) This year’s winner can be a judge on next year’s professional judging panel.
People's Choice Clam Chowder - Sponsored by Exact Heated Storage & U-Haul
1st Place - Ocean Crest Resort
2nd Place - Bennett's Fish Shack
3rd Place - Galway Bay
The festival participants chose the winners. Bragging rights are also part of this one.
Professional Creative Clam Entrée – Sponsored by Timberland Bank
1st Place - Jess Owen - Ocean Crest Resort
2nd Place - Daniel Economides - North Shore Grill
This is the third year for this judge’s favorite. The chefs really go all out to impress.
Professional Creative Seafood Entrée – Sponsored by Timberland Bank
1st Place - Bennett's Fish Shack
2nd Place - Ocean Crest
3rd Place - North Shore Grill
This is the first year for this one and it was really popular with the judges and chefs alike.
Cooking demonstrations dominated Sunday’s lineup and they offered tastes of the dishes the chefs demonstrated as well as recipes.
Clam Gun & Shovel Art Contest – Sponsored by Jessie Ellis & Donna Jones – John L. Scott Realty
1st Place - Milliman & McHenry Families
2nd Place - Mrs. Rocky's class - Ocean Shores Elementary
3rd Place - Judy Horn
Gun and shovel decoration is 90% inspiration and they were all inspired!
The 8th Annual is only a year away. We’ll see you then. In the meantime remember Ocean Shores is Clamtastic!