The winning guess was 1700 razor clam shells, 1701 was the actual count as Chris from Yelm Washington won himself “Clambo” the 5 foot wooden Razor Guardian seen at the 8th Annual Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival and Seafood Extravaganza over the weekend.
Dianne Hansen with the Chamber said Saturday’s passport program saw 769 votes for the best clam chowder. “And out of that our first second and third place there were four votes that made the difference.” Hansen added “The winner of the people’s choice was Emily’s number one, North Shore Grill second, and Bennet’s Fish Shack took third.”
With 7 competing “special recipes” North Shore Grill took First place in the Professional Chowder Cook-off, Chef Kieth Crovasie: What’s your secret? “This is a tried and true recipe of Mrs. Jenny Hill, she is now the Hotel Manager. One of the things that we got feedback on is this chowder has corn in it and others don’t. It’s also got a very little bit of a kick because of the Jalepano.”
North Shore Grill, located in front of the Ramada Inn in Ocean Shores, placed in every category.
Randy Dennis of the Dennis Company said the weekend ended with no better news than the approval of a razor clam dig. “It was a great festival here in Ocean Shores. I was here also promoting the Long Beach Festival April 19th and 20th, and clam digging starts up again here on Wednesday for the Twin Harbors.”
Visit www.denniscompany.com/clamming or www.longbeachrazorclamfestival.com for details.