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Register for the Shuck & Share Run October 7 details page 8 West Coast OYSTER SHUCKING Competition details page 9 2018 ENTERTAINMENT Schedule & Line Up details page 15 Washington State Wine Tasting Pavilion details page 25 Bring your RV and stay the weekend at OysterFest details page 31

Since 1982, OysterFest has been a premier event and economic force in Mason County. Though the variety of food & drink is paramount to this event, there is much to see and do including entertainment, kids’ activities, marine displays, and the much celebrated regional shucking competition. The Washington State Seafood Festival (OysterFest) is hosted and presented by the Skookum Rotary Club of Shelton. For thirty-seven years club members have come together to create an event that helps non-profits locally and globally. We invite you to attend OysterFest for the great food, beverages and entertainment and you can also feel great in that every dollar spent you spend at the event goes back into the community as each vendor is supporting a great cause. Don’t miss out the excitement on the Shucking Stage where, throughout both days of the event, oyster shuckers compete in this regional competition for a chance to win cash prizes and move to the national level.

It’s not just great food, beers, wines, and entertainment. All over the campus of the festival exhibits are placed to demonstrate how important clean water is to our communities. The on site displays and marine touch tanks allow visitors to get “up close” with a variety of sea creatures – crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers and limpets – to identify just a few of the local marine neighbors.

October 6 & 7 Shelton, Washington

Oysterfest is produced by

This and more has made Washington’s Seafood Festival a much anticipated family event. Thank you for making it all possible, we couldn’t have it done without you – vendors, exhibitors, attendees.

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Washington’s Official SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Welcome! What is OysterFest? Well, it depends who you ask. One thing is for certain – it is the biggest fundraising event in Mason County, and this will be its 37th year. Some people look at OysterFest as a place to enjoy dozens of different culinary delights including oysters, Mike Barnard salmon, shrimp, hamburgers and many other treats in various forms. There is always something exciting GOO (Grand Old Oyster) and delicious to eat. Some people come to OysterFest to enjoy the music offered by many different bands and ensembles. There are several music venues; one or more are bound to be your “groove.” Some people enjoy OysterFest as a place to taste many different brands and varieties of wines, perhaps with the plan of taking a few bottles home. Others enjoy the Beer Garden, where various microbrews are on tap and the crowd celebrates to live music. For many, the highlight of OysterFest is the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship, where contestants vie for cash prizes for the fastest shucking in both “speed” and “half-shell” categories. Past winners have gone on to national competition from this event and it tends to be a real crowd pleaser. No matter what your particular interest is at OysterFest, the primary goal of the event is to raise funds for charitable organizations throughout Mason County. Every year tens of thousands of dollars from OysterFest profits are plowed back into the community in the form of scholarships, grants, and more. All vendors are non-profit organizations serving our local communities. Please come and have a blast at OysterFest, doing whatever it is that you enjoy most. We look forward to seeing you there. And your dollars will go far to help your community. Welcome to OysterFest 2018. Mike Barnard 2018 GOO (Grand Old Oyster)

FREE SHUTTLE BUS

Free shuttle bus service will be provided at Shelton Civic Center, Shelton Yacht Club and from the parking area at Shelton High School. Shuttles run on 30 minute intervals.

ON SITE PARKING

All parking is free! Handicap parking is available near the gates. Exit Hwy 101 onto Sanderson Way road and follow signs to OysterFest.

CASH MACHINES

There will be ATM’s conveniently located at the event. Check the OysterFest map for details.

SORRY, NO PETS, PLEASE!

Pets ARE NOT ALLOWED at the event with the exception of service dogs. Please leave your pets at home.

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HOURS & ADMISSION OysterFest is October 6 & 7 Saturday: 10AM – 6PM Sunday:10AM – 5PM Admission $5.00

NEED MORE INFO?

We would love to hear from you! You can leave a message at oysterfest.org. Join us on Facebook at OysterFestWA for updates on the event!


The event you don’t want to miss! 2018 OYSTERFEST, October 6 & 7, hosted at Sanderson Field Airport, 1/2 mile north of Shelton, off US Hwy 101. There is plenty of parking as well as RV and camping opportunities! See page 31 for details.

Getting to OysterFest Google Address: 21 W Sanderson Way, Shelton

North: Follow Hwy 101 along Hood Canal – OysterFest is located

just before you enter Shelton. The North 101 accesses Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend. South: On I-5 take Exit 104 and follow Hwy 101 to Shelton. Bremerton/Seattle Ferries: Hwy 3 towards Belfair & Union take you directly to Shelton. SR 106 follows the shore of Hood Canal from Belfair to Union, making a nice scenic drive to the event.

How far will you go for fresh seafood? from Olympia from Tacoma:

23 miles 53 miles

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We believe in building strong communities. This commitment affords us the opportunity to support local events such as Oysterfest 2018.

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So many things to do at OysterFest!

After you have had your fill of great food and drink, stop in at a few of the exciting activities! There are plenty of exhibits for the whole family to see, touch, and experience at the 2018 OysterFest event.

There are lots of fun activities for kids throughout the event including children’s entertainment on a special Kids Stage, mini golf presented by local Boy Scout Troups, face painting, crafts, carnival games, and the famous barrel train rides. There is lots of hands on fun including educational exhibits and, of course, the marine touch tanks filled with intertidal sea creatures. There is definitely much to see and do!

Everyone enjoys examining the detailed model ships displayed by the Shelton Scale Ship Modelers. These hand-crafted masterpieces are set up in a large tank at OysterFest. Spectators watch them traverse a scale waterway complete with docks and obstacles.

Striving to ensure a healthy industry and environment for shellfish farming on the Pacific Coast

Connect with your local shellfish farmers, learn about upcoming shellfish events in your community, and more www.pcsga.org

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Shuck & Share 5K Run Support Project Share | 8 AM, October 7, Shelton, WA Hundreds of walkers/runners show up each year to participate in the Shuck & Share 5K walk/run, which happens on OysterFest Sunday. The proceeds from the race help fund Mason County PUD 3’s Project Share program. Project Share is a customer-funded assistance program to assist limited-income families in crisis situations who need help paying their electric bills. Through the generosity of donors, more than 300 low-income families are helped each year with a $175 payment on their accounts. As other sources of aid continue to dwindle, more of PUD’s customers rely on ProjectShare for assistance. For more than 30 years, Mason PUD 3 customers and employees have generously funded Project Share. The Shuck & Share Walk/Run began in 2014 as a way to raise awareness (and funds) for the Project Share program.

The run attracts about 200 runners each year and raises approximately $3,000 for the program. Mason PUD 3 employees and local community members volunteer their time to organize the race each year. It relies heavily on these volunteers and sponsorships from about 30 local businesses to be successful. This year’s 5K takes place on October 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM, and located at the Huff N’ Puff across from the Shelton High School. It is a nice, flat, 5K loop. You don’t have to be a PUD 3 customer to help register for the 5K at www.pud3.org/run or

https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Shelton/ ShuckNShare5K. If you prefer, you can send a check payable to “Project Share” to PO Box 2148, Shelton, WA 98584.

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Insert, twist, flick, repeat. Sounds simple, right? But if you have ever attempted to shuck an oyster you will know that it is anything but easy. Just ask around – damage from shucking knives and stubborn oysters is as common as stories of ladder falls and dog bites. At the Regional Shucking Championships, with the exception of the intrepid novices, the competing

open without leaving a shattered mess or a stabbed artery. OysterFest is a great opportunity to learn a few tips on shucking, but watch carefully, they move quickly! Over the course of two days of competition from noon to close contestants vie for the title of the fastest shucker or the best half-shell shucker – or – both titles.

Shucking Championship at OysterFest and proceeded to hold the title at the National event. Schimke’s victory in MA won him a $500 cash prize and the right to represent the United States in the oyster opening internationals. There, he received title for the best presentation laurels.

The championship in Shelton is a preliminary event to the U.S. shuck-off at St. Mary’s Oyster Festival (October 21-22) in Maryland. The National Oyster Shucking Championship Contest® features the fastest men and women shuckers competing for cash prizes. National winners can go on to compete in the International Oyster Festival in Galway, Ireland. In 1984, Dave (Diz) Schimke, from Bow, WA, won the West Coast

The West Coast Shucking Champion goes through more than 6,000 oysters (donated by Taylor Shellfish). A shucker draws a tray of two dozen oysters by lottery and arranges them in preparation. An appeal may be made if the contestant feels an oyster is of inferior shape. A basket of oysters is passed to each shucker from which they can choose more favorable alternates.

Jill Himlie photo

shuckers know just where to insert their knife to coax the shell

West Coast

OYSTER SHUCKING

Competition SAT & SUN

(12 - 4 PM on the hour shucking; 5 PM – finals; 5:30 PM– awards)

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As the contest begins, the shuckers hold their knives at head height to indicate readiness. At the signal from the chief judge, the timekeepers start their watches and the contestants begin. The shuckers rapidly open and place each oyster, completely severed from the shell, on its unbroken half-shell on the tray. Speed is the primary factor on Saturday – with the fastest times usually coming in under two minutes! On Sunday, speed is still a factor, but even more so is presentation in what are called the Half-Shell trials. Each contestant must not only shuck 24 oysters, but place each on its back in the half shell. Prizes are awarded each day for the fastest times at 5:30 PM. On Saturday the prize for first place for Speed Shucking is $400. On Sunday, the winner gets $600 for presentation at the Half-Shell competition. Prizes are given through the 6th place each day. There are also cash prizes for the fastest amateur shucker each day.

2017 WEST COAST OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS SPEED SHUCKING – SATURDAY 1 MIRIEL SILVA

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2 GERARDO LEON

01:20:40

3 GABRIEL QUINTANA

HALF SHELL SHUCKING – SUNDAY 1 MIRIEL SILVA

02:36:30

2 SEAN BEYO

02:39:20

01:27:38

3 DAVID LECK

02:35:60

4 JOSE LEON

01:35:71

4 JOSE ROMO

02:52:10

5 MARCOS MENDOZA

01:36:28

5 MARIO LEON

02:53:00

6 DANNY SANCHEZ

02:54:60

6 JUAN LOZA

01:36:29

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Eat your way OysterFest – “it’s for a good cause!” From a delicate seafood ceviche, skewers of chicken, the famous coconut shrimp to corn on the cob and, of course, fresh local oysters prepared in every way imaginable – there is something for every palate at OysterFest. Every food vendor – without exception – is volunteering their time to create delicious bites to support non-profit organization with proceeds benefiting Mason County. What does that mean to you? Every bite of deep fried oyster, strawberry shortcake, or Squaxin Elder Fry bread with fresh grilled salmon gives you a burst of karma! To navigate the food booths be sure to pick up the event map with your tickets. The busiest booth on site is the coconut shrimp. Hosted by the Senior Services for South Sound, the shrimp are often sold out by mid-day. The succulent shrimp in crunchy crispy coconut are a popular combination. Senior Services for South Sound raises funds to help seniors remain healthy and independent in their homes.

The group also supports seniors with Meals On Wheels, health and social services. Maybe get two orders of coconut shrimp! Be sure to try the Squaxin Elders salmon & fry bread. Grilled to perfection, moist, and fresh, the slab of seasoned salmon perfectly complements the crispy hot fried bread. All the proceeds go to assisting elder members of the Squaxin Island Tribe.

Interested in the oysters? If you can

imagine it, you’ll find it – grilled oysters bathed in garlic butter; Rockefeller with a delicate wash of seasonings; deep fried fritters with a tangy cold dip; hearty oyster chowder; skewered oysters wrapped in bacon ... well, you get the idea!

If you’re a purist when it comes to your oysters than that’s covered too. After all, Mason County is home to the best oysters in the world. Sweet tumbled yearling Pacifics with a fresh cucumber finish and briny liquor or firm kelpy flavored shore harvested two season oyster – check out page 19 to pick your shucks! Stop by the raw oyster bar hosted by the Marine Education Science Society (MESS) for some of Hammersley Inlet and Hood Canal’s finest examples.

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(continued from previous page) These prized shooters need no dressing – but if you like, splash on a little mignonette (a piquant sauce made with vinegar and shallots) or just a squeeze of lemon – both are a perfect balance to the briny, somewhat creamy oysters.

Again, go crazy! Not only is it good for you – unless your doctor gave you reason to not eat raw seafood – it’s for a good cause. Whereever your taste buds wander through the food tents this year at OysterFest it will surely to be a fun and tasty experience.

Pair with a great brew Microbrews share the spotlight with food at OysterFest. Featuring a live music stage, rain or shine – the beer garden is a popular meeting spot. You will be asked to show ID at the entrance to receive an “OVER 21” bracelet to gain access to the area.

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How does your oyster grow? Have you ever wondered how the same species of oyster can have such varied flavors or textures? How does an oyster grown on Hood Canal taste brinier than one from South Puget Sound? The word to remember for your next oyster social occasion is “merrior.” Like different wines with a “terrior,” oysters have a merrior, illustrating the fact that growing area and method make all the difference when it comes to flavor profile for your next Pacific oyster. Not all beaches are created equal; some are muddy, some sandy, and some rocky. Each type of growing ground has opportunities and limitations for success. Muddy ground can inhibit the oysters’ ability to circulate water and food into their bodies. This had led to the adoption of culture techniques that suspend the oysters above the mud in long lines, stakes, nets or racks, and bags, while firm, sandy, or rocky bays allow for oysters to be grown right on the beach.

In addition to substrate type, location of the oysters on the beach will determine how long the oyster will take to achieve a marketable size. Oysters grown in the intertidal area are exposed to daily tidal inundation will have well developed adductor muscles and thicker shells thus being heartier for shipment. Oysters suspended in the water column for growing will have the benefit of a constant food source and thus grow quickly but will have delicate shells and be susceptible to the elements. Often times, suspended oysters are placed in the high energy intertidal environment for a few weeks prior to market to harden the shells for shipment and condition the oysters to hold their shells shut.

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The method of growth can greatly change the shape of the oyster. A Pacific allowed to grow naturally on the beach will have a sturdy irregular shell with a great deal of frills. The regular exposure at low tide strengthens the shell protects the meat from heat and predators like sea stars and crabs. In Europe, where there is very limited tidal change, some farmers manually pull the oysters from the water for periods of time to mimic the tidal action.

The tumble bag creates an altered but very marketable shape for cultured oysters. Oysters are placed in the bag as small seed and the tide does the rest. The tidal flip and roll chip off the fragile lips and force the oyster to curve. The result is a deep cup in its lower shell. Each bay has its own selection of phytoplankton yielding oysters with different meat colors and flavors. Pacific oysters grown in Willapa Bay have a different merrior from those grown in Samish Bay. Hood Canal oysters are claimed to be more briny than the sweeter cucumber flavored bivalves grown in Hammersley Inlet or South Puget Sound waterways. Just like the well attuned vintners of the Rhone Valley, oyster connoisseurs are able to detect the subtleties of each bay by tasting the meat and observing the shell.

Volunteers make the difference OysterFest would not be possible without the help of hundreds of volunteers from the community.

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Live music for all tastes from Rhymn & Blues to Rock n’ Roll Entertainment at OysterFest features some great new acts as well as a few old favorites. With two stages offering life music in a variety of genres, attendees at OysterFest will be sure to find quality entertainment that suits every taste. The all-ages favorite Strings and Things will deliver an energy-packed performance 10:00 AM on Saturday to kick things off at the Family Entertainment Tent (Wine Tent) which is open to all ages. Live music will continue throughout the weekend in this venue as well. The Al Earick Band, a four piece hard driving classic Blues and Rock band, will open the Microbrew Stage Saturday at 10:30 AM. Formed in 2011, Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers is a Seattle-based band playing Blues and R&B. The band’s 2017 album, Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge, includes twelve new original tunes which they will be sure to share with audiences on the Microbrew Stage Saturday at 12:30 PM.

An annual favorite, Hurts like Hell,will follow The Raucous Band on the Microbrew Stage Saturday. Raucous (pronounced “Rock Us”) presents an energy-packed, audience-friendly performance playing a wide variety of classic rock and dance music. Raucous has performed their smooth, classic Rock & Roll & dance favorites at clubs, casinos, dances, festivals, fairs and various events throughout the Pacific Northwest. Hurts Like Hell formed in Olympia in 2011 when drummer, Ben Hawkes, dreamed of putting his favorite local players in a blues band together. The band wrote and toured locally and was voted Weekly Volcano’s Best Blues

Band in Olympia in consecutive years. The band brings their blistering brand of Blues Rock to bars, venues, and clubs all over the Northwest. Tammy Frost started singing as a child; the daughter of professional musicians. Her professional career started in 1994 performing at fairs and festivals all over the

ENTERTAINMENT Saturday, October 6 MICROBREW STAGE 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM

AL EARICK BAND 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00 PM 12:30 PM 1:00 PM 1:30 PM

MICHELLE D’AMOUR LOVE DEALERS 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM

THE RAUCOUS BAND 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM

HURTS LIKE HELL 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM event closes at 6:00 PM

WINE STAGE STRINGS & THINGS 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

CLOGGERS 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

HILARY SCOTT 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

TAMMY FROST BAND 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Visit Oysterfest.org for updated schedule

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Sunday, October 7 MICROBREW STAGE 10:00 AM

event opens @10:00 AM

10:30 AM

PINE TOP PICKERS 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM

CHROME BETTY 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM

WINE STAGE

PSYCHEDELIC SHADOW SHOW 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

LADY DRINKS WHISKEY 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

3:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM

STRIKE NINE 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM event closes at 5:00 PM

SMOOCHO GUSTO 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Visit OysterFest.org for updated schedule

Northwest. Her talent of making a tune her own, in concert with the range and purity of her voice, has attracted a loyal following. Catch her on the Wine Stage at 4:00 PM. Sunday’s Microbrew Stage starter, Chrome Betty Band, traces its roots to the Olympia Garage Band scene of the 1960’s. Four of its members quit their formal musical education to pursue Rock and Blues music. Chrome Betty Band primarily performs covers of Rock and Blues tunes along with a few original tunes of their own. Sunday on the Wine Stage (all ages) enjoy The Pine Top Pickers from 10:30 to 12:00, Lady Drinks Whiskey takes the stage at 12:30 PM, followed by Smoocho Gusto at 3:00 PM. Psychedelic Shadow Show takes the stage at 1:30 Sunday, treating audiences to an authentic experience in the music of Jefferson

Airplane, Cream, Joplin, and many more favorites performed as they were by the original artists. Starting at 3:30 PM, round the event off in at the Microbrew with Strike Nine, a popular Rock and Roll favorite. For schedule updates visit oysterfest.org or pik up the map available at the gate when you arrive.

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FRESH FROM WILLAPA BAY Welcome to OysterFest! FLY BY OUR RETAIL STORE If you live for oysters like we do you will love our fresh and innovative products – from live shellstock in various sizes; the freshest hand-shucked Goose Points; to specialty products like party-ready shooters complete in a re-useable shot glass with a Northwest Pacific oyster in our zesty sauce (customize our oyster shooters for your business or family events); or blue seal oysters, high pressure banded and pre-shucked, ready to eat.

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Bring your curiosity Educational exhibits intrigue & inspire OysterFest features exhibits that showcase the beauty and delicacy of the Puget Sound ecosystem. Attendees enjoy opportunities to learn about the tidal zones and protect and enjoy our local waters. The marine touch tanks are a perennial favorite. With creatures gathered in local waters exclusively for these exhibits, the ecosystem in the touch tanks is as close to mother nature as you can get without actually being there. The environment in the tank provides healthy living conditions for crabs, bivalves, sea cucumbers, sea stars, sand dollars, periwinkles, hermit crabs, moon snail, and other species that dwell in our waters. Observe how the animals interact in their native habitat and be sure to ask lots of questions from volunteer guides or the Washington Sea Grant biologists nearby in adjoining booths.

Based at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant provides statewide marine research, outreach, and education services. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition to the marine touch tanks, there are exhibits on aquaculture practices, education, water quality, natural resources, and public safety. The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association works on behalf of its member to illustrate a spectrum of issues in their booth including environmental

protection, shellfish safety, regulations, and provide public information materials and answer questions. The Mason County Noxious Weed plant exhibit educates the public on the impact of noxious weeds and offers advice on which native plants can help home owners protect their waterways. The Mason Conservation District also provides information to assist residents by providing a link between landowners, industry, and government agencies and presenting technical and financial assistance to residents willing to implement conservation best practices.

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Also on-site with information is Washington State Department of Health’s Shellfish Program. Their mission is to educate and prevent illness in people who eat Washington-grown molluscan shellfish. If you have any questions about when and where oysters, mussels or clams are safe to eat; how you should handle them; or what seafood eaters with special health conditions should be aware of – stop by the DOH booth to get all your questions answered! The Mason County PUD 3 also provides an educational display at OysterFest. Stop by their booth in the Souvenir Tent

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for hints to reduce energy use and information on electricity safety. In addition there are multiple booths displaying the local programs supported by funds generated at OysterFest as well as important work and humanitarian efforts of the Skookum Rotary Club and Rotary International. Take the time to see what your OysterFest dollars and donations go! Check out all the exhibitors and their locations in the map and schedule available at the ticket and information booths or view the list online at oysterfest.org.


Know your oysters There are over 150 varieties of oysters harvested and sold in North America, yet they comprise a total of only 5 species of oysters.

1. Olympia

2. Pacific

5. Kumamoto

OSTREA LURIDA /OSTREA CONCHAPHILA

CRASSOSTREA GIGAS Native to Japan, farmers began experimenting with the Pacific in 1904. Washington began importing commercial seed in the 1930’s and now it is now the most important commercial species on the West Coast. Beginning in the 1950’s researchers began to study Pacific reproduction to reduce the dependence on seed imports. Since the 1970’s local shellfish growers have relied on hatcheries for the production to meet the demand for Northwest oysters.

CRASSOSTREA SIKAMEA The Kumamoto has a small deep cup and a sweet meat. Brought from Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture, they are unable to reproduce in our cold waters so growers rely on hatchery stock. The prized cup of the Kumamoto and its limited supply has growers working with Pacifics to meet half shell demands. Growers use tumble bags to force the Pacific into a deeper cup. Oysters with names such as Kusshi, Shigoku, Sea Cow, Blue Pools, Chelsea Gems, and Baywater Sweets, are the result.

The native oyster to Washington State, the Olympia oyster is a half dollar size with a metallic finish. The Olympia oyster fishery ran from the mid-1800s until about 1915 supplying California’s demand for oysters.

The oysters were harvested from shallow bays of southern Puget Sound and Willapa Bay until pollution and over harvesting caused a collapse of the wild fishery.

What You Don’t See Is Important, Too

3. Virginica CRASSOSTREA VIRGINICA The decline of the Olympia oyster opened the door for the import of the Virginica from the east coast in the early 1900’s. The eastern oysters did not adapt well to local waters and experienced large die off when transplanted. There are still beds of Virginicas raised by WA shellfish farmers.

4. European Flats Behind the scenes, our working forests are protecting clean water, clean air and wildlife habitat—all while supporting the local economy. We’re the best neighbor you’ve ever had.

OSTREA EDULIS European Flats have smooth, round, saucer-like, flat shells with a shallow cup and seaweed-green color. They have a bold flavor with a meaty, almost crunchy texture, and intense mineral bite with a long-lasting seaweed flavor and gamey finish. There are not many farmers cultivating Flats.

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“it’s good for you!” “Eat shellfish to provide a healthy diet. Shellfish are low in saturated fats, containing the essential omega-3 fatty acids; are excellent protein sources; and are good sources of iron, zinc, copper and vitamin B-12.” wsg.washington.edu 2018 OYSTERFEST


Collect your shells

Beach tours with Sea Grant guides and U-Pick oysters at Hama Hama’s Oyster Rama, a Spring tide beach celebration near Lilliwaup on Hood Canal.

With a salt water canal at its center and a myriad of lakes, waterfalls, and streams surrounding the inner fingers of Puget Sound – this area is rich in aquaculture and water related opportunities. It’s time to start planning your outdoor adventures!

If you harvest clams or oysters, keep them on ice or eat them soon after harvest. It is best practice to read posted warnings or call the Marine Toxins/ PSP Hotline: 1-800-562-5632 for a recorded message. Visit the Shellfish Safety Map at doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety. There is also a mobile friendly version of the map at doh.wa.gov/shellfishmobilemap. Clam and oyster season are beach specific and may change annually. Always Check BEFORE you dig. South Puget Sound

Hope Island State Park Boat access only. Oysters are incidental at this site but clamming can be quite good. This beach is a very popular place to dig for geoducks. A tide lower than -2.0 feet is best for geoducks. Most of the oysters are on the west side of the island near the south end. The season only opens for the month of May.

North Bay Abundant Manila clams and an enhanced oyster bed. The season here is short and locked into May and September only under terms of a shoreline agreement. Oakland Bay Tideland Open year-round, good shore access with parking. Manila clams and oysters can be found here.

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Belfair State Park Excellent beach for oysters and Manila clams can be found here. Potlatch State Park Open seasonally pen, oysters and a variety of clam species. Clams, mussels and oysters open April 1 through August 31 Lilliwaup State Park Open year-round, excellent for oysters and native clams. Clamming is difficult due to the cobble substrate, but the beach is abundant with butter clams. Rendsland Creek Open year-round, excellent for oysters and a variety of clams can be found here although not in great densities. Twanoh State Park Open year-round for oysters and seasonally for clams, check season before harvesting. Good beach for Manila clams. DNR 33, 47 & 48 Boat access only beaches, open year-round for clams and oysters. Eagle Creek Open year-round for oysters and seasonally for clams, check seasons before harvesting. This is an excellent oyster beach. Triton Cove State Park There is very little clam resource on this beach, but there are good numbers of year-round oysters. Dosewallips State Park This is an excellent beach for clams. The best areas are in the mid-upper tidal zone in mixed sand and gravel substrate. Productive digging is also found around and among the oysters, an area often overlooked by harvesters. Please take care not to cover oysters with sand and mud as this will potentially kill the oysters.

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Why is it required to shuck oysters on the beach at public tidelands? Oysters taken on public tidelands must be shucked on the beach and the shells left behind for the following conservation-based reasons according to the Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife website, wdfw.wa.gov: Oyster shells provide the best growing substrate for juvenile oysters. Removing the shells from a beach reduces the overall amount of setting surface. In addition, Pacific oyster shell provides an excellent setting surface for the native Olympia oyster. This is especially true in places like southern Puget Sound where the natural setting surface - Olympia oyster shells - was eliminated years ago by overharvest. Another concern is that removing large Pacific oyster shells removes tiny oysters which are attached to the larger shells. Thus, removing a legal limit of 18 oysters may actually remove three to five times that number of oysters - young oysters

which would otherwise remain on the beach and grow to edible size. Removing oyster shells from beaches containing Japanese oyster drills (an oyster predator) may result in the inadvertent spread of these predators. Sport harvesters are unlikely to recognize these tiny predatory snails - or their egg cases - which attach to oyster shells and can survive long periods away from water. Once shucked, these shells often end up being returned to a nearby beach by well-meaning harvesters, potentially increasing the spread of the Japanese oyster drill in Washington by depositing the “hitchhikers” on a new beach.

Many public beaches already have these tiny predators, but the goal is to minimize the spread to other uninfected beaches. The surest way to prevent oyster drills or their eggs leaving an infected beach is to require oyster shells to remain on the beach. So head to the beach and get shucking! You will need a shellfish license, an oyster knife and gloves. Adults may shuck a child's daily limit so long as the child participates in some way in the gathering. For illustrated details on two popular shucking methods, visit wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish.

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A Small Oyster Poised for a Big Comeback Washington Sea Grant research advances Olympia oyster restoration efforts Max Showalter, WSG Science Communications Fellow Reproduced with permission from Washington Sea Grant

Researchers look at Olympia oysters in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Becker.

The Olympia oyster — or “Oly” — may be small, but it has played a big role in Washington’s history and culture. As the only oyster native to the region, the Oly once covered vast swaths of the state’s shorelines, and was nutritionally, economically and culturally crucial to indigenous populations for thousands of years. But after Europeans arrived, overfishing and industrial pollution caused the Oly to rapidly decline. “The story of the Olympia oyster has been almost forgotten,” says Bonnie Becker, associate professor of marine ecology at the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma. “When people ask, ‘why should we restore Olympia oysters?’ Not only are there some strong ecological reasons, but also historical, social, and cultural reasons why [restoration] is so important.”

Efforts to restore the iconic species are underway, but the task remains daunting. Modern populations are scattered throughout the Sound and number only five percent of historical levels. Both Becker and UW researcher Steven Roberts are leading separate WSG-funded projects to help overcome the challenges associated with low, disconnected oyster populations.

They hope to inform restoration efforts by tracking where oysters move and how they might adapt to various conditions.

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Restoration from populations

Oyster restoration can be either passive or active. In passive restoration, ecosystem managers encourage larval oysters to settle in new locations by making the seafloor more desirable. In active restoration, oysters are reared indoors and then transplanted to new parts of the Sound. To ensure successful active restoration, managers must know which oysters do best under a given set of conditions. For the Oly, that means finding out whether certain populations of oysters are particularly adapted to where they live in Puget Sound.


Roberts hopes to answer this question by moving oyster populations from one natural bed and rearing them under the conditions of another. The team is looking for adaptive differentiation among Olympias including changes in the oysters’ tolerance to environmental conditions. “The populations in one embayment might be adapted to warmer temps,” explains Brent Vadopalas, a UW research scientist with the Roberts team. “If you put another population, from a colder environment, in the same embayment, it might not reproduce as well.” The team sought location-specific differences in oysters from Fidalgo Bay, Hood Canal and South Sound. They saw unexpected results. Although Puget Sound is a small and fairly well-connected place, oysters showed local adaptation, suggesting that populations might not be interacting as expected.

“The rate of maturation and the spawn time took us by surprise,” Roberts says. “Irrespective of where they were put, the South Sound oysters spawned earlier by about two weeks.” But the team has some theories about what causes differences.

Larvae on the move

Why might the Olympia oyster demonstrate local adaptation over such a small spatial scale? One possible answer is limited population connectivity. Population connectivity measures how often geographically distinct populations interact. For oysters, that means learning how larvae are dispersed and where they settle. “Usually oysters like to settle on other oysters,” says Becker, who investigates patterns of larval movement and settling that drive passive restoration. Understanding patterns can help resource managers determine where to initiate passive restoration. Continued next page

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Becker, along with graduate student Megan Hintz and collaborators, use the chemical makeup of Olympia shells to learn where a particular larva has been over its lifetime. This process is simplified by the Oly’s unique reproduction method. While most marine bivalves release their eggs to be fertilized within the water column, Oly parents retain their eggs through early larval stages until they reach a certain maturation milestone. This trait, known as brooding, means it’s easier to pinpoint a location where the larva grew up. “While the early larva is being brooded inside its mom, its shell is forming. That shell has elements incorporated into it in some proportion to what’s in the environment,” Becker says. This proportion of elements, measured by a technique called elemental fingerprinting, reflects the conditions under which the shell is formed, giving hints to its location. “It’s like a little flight recorder of where that larva has been.” Becker explains that so far, the elemental fingerprinting approach has been a success in Puget Sound on a regional level. “Determining if oysters are from North Sound, Central Sound or the Strait of Juan de Fuca using the shell chemistry appears to be working,” Becker says. “Having an empirically proven understanding of how far oysters are dispersing will be a great success.”

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What will success look like for this team of scientists studying the Olympia oyster? The best outcome for their work is to provide resource managers and organizations focused on bringing back the small oyster with a better restoration toolset.

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“We wanted to inform managers regarding what meaningful stock structure exists in Puget Sound, and we wanted to inform restoration practitioners about which populations they should use,” Vadopalas says. “These important restoration decisions are ultimately up to resource managers.” A success for the Oly is a success for the region, Becker adds. “Having healthy oyster populations is important to how the Sound is functioning.” As the Olympia oyster shows, good things do come in small packages.


Congratulations Walter Dacon Winery! What wine goes with a poached dill salmon, geoduck, or clam chowder? OysterFest believes the answer is a Washington State wine. To help make a perfect pairing, OysterFest annually hosts a tasting hall featuring Washington wines exclusively. This year nineteen Washington wineries have been selected to showcase their best wines at OysterFest. Wines that have garnered accolades and medals throughout the Northwest. Whether you prefer a robust red, a subtle white, or sweeter options – you will find it at the 2018 OysterFest Wine Pavilion. Friends gather to visit with vintners and share the opportunity to sample over eighty Washington wines brought by the wineries. Purchase a souvenir glass for $5 and tasting tickets for $1 each. Tickets are redeemable at any of the winery tables for a sample pouring. Each taste of wine is two to four tickets, depending on the wine.

Find a blend you want to take home and share with friends? Don’t worry, try to your heart’s content and then head over to the Rotary sales table in the wine tent to purchase bottles of your favorite wines to take home! The OysterFest Wine Tasting Tent is located in the center of the event area. You must be 21 or older to enter. ID bracelets are available for verification at all the entrances. The Skookum Rotary Club is pleased to announce Lloyd and Ann Anderson’s locally owned winery, Walter Dacon Winery has been chosen to carry the 2018 OysterFest labels.

Named for Lloyd’s grandfather, Walter Dacon, this Shelton winery was established in 2003. Their first crush in the fall of 2003 was the beginning celebration of their vintages. Their inaugural wines were put in the barrels by November and while they aged, work began on the tasting room. Their tasting room opened in 2005 when the 2003 vintages made their debut. It was then that C’est Syrah Belle, C’est Syrah Beaux and C’est Syrah Magnifique, made their entrance onto the Washington wine scene. By the next year Wine Spectator had rated their Belle 89 pts, the Beaux 88 pts and their Magnifique received an amazing 91 pts, the winery was off and running. While at OysterFest be sure to stop by Walter Dacon to experience it’s fabulous wines and tasting room. The winery is located off Hwy 101 at the Taylor Town exit near Kamilche.

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2018 OysterFest Wineries The OysterFest Wine Tasting Tent is located in the center of the event area. You must be 21 or older to enter. ID bracelets are available for verification at all the entrances. Purchase a souvenir glass for $5 and tasting tickets for $1 each. CONVERGENCE ZONE CELLARS

is a family-owned and operated winery located in the Puget Sound Convergence Zone (Woodinville) and in weather-weary North Bend. “I like the people attending OysterFest,” remarks owner and wine maker, Scott Greenberg. “They are very knowledgeable and passionate about their wine. This will be our 5th year at OysterFest. My parents (Harold and Marian Greenberg, former owners of KMAS radio) had a booth at OysterFest for many years. I feel I am carrying on their commitment to the community by our own participation in the event.” Their tasting room is located in Woodinville’s Warehouse Winery District. The grapes for their wines are from Eastern WA vineyards. czcellars.com

DAVENPORT CELLARS is family owned local boutique winery also in Woodinville. The vineyard sources include

Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Ciel du Cheval, Kiona, Sheridan, Bacchus, and Dionysus. Davenport is committed to producing quality wines which are true to the vine and true to the vintage at an affordable price. davenportcellars.com

HORIZONS EDGE WINERY was established in Zillah in 1983. Horizon’s tasting room allows spectacular views of Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, and vineyards while sampling in an intimate setting. horizonsedgewinery.com

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HYATT VINEYARDS was established by Leland and Lynda Hyatt. The winery site was planted in 1983 with full crush and production facility. Hyatt has three vineyards, growing a wide array of grapes including Riesling, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Malbec, and varieties of Muscat. hyattvineyards.net

1978. Located in Hoodsport, the winery has been attending OysterFest since the first year. Peggy Patterson, owner and operator, states that the winery has never missed an OysterFest. The winery is known for its fruit, berry, and grape wines. Hoodsport has received over 500 awards – the highest award for their 1994 Cabernet at Vin Expo in France in 1996. The tasting room (about a 15 minute scenic drive from OysterFest along Hood Canal) is open daily, 10 - 6.

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LEONY’S CELLARS is a boutique winery based in Cashmere. Their wines are handcrafted in small batches using premium Washington grapes. Leony’s has been attending OysterFest for four years. “We have enjoyed being part of OysterFest,” said Sandi Moreno, “the seafood is delicious and the event is a lot of fun. Plus it gives us an opportunity to share our wines in Mason County.” leonyscellars.com MADSEN FAMILY CELLARS is a boutique winery located just north of Olympia, Exit 111 off I-5.The winery features Bordeaux red varietals, several blends, along with selections of both dry and sweet white wines. “This will be our 10th year at OysterFest!” reported Dana Madson, “we just love the people and really enjoy mingling with them, and also checking out the great seafood offerings!” The Madson tasting room is open Wednesday - Sunday 11 – 5, and has plenty of parking and room for motorhomes. Stop by and taste their award-winning wines. madsenfamilycellars.com

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Washington state producers of sparkling wines, which I think are excellent wines to pair with oysters, I have long had my eye on this event as a good match. I liked how well attended the wine tent was and how enthusiastic the attendees were for my wines.” masqueradewines.com

MAISON DE PADGETT WINERY specializes in Chardonnay,

Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, sweet wines, and ports. Owned and operated by the Padgetts, guests are invited to tour winery. maisondepadgettwinery.com

MARCHETTI WINES is one of the oldest wineries in the area, they specialize in unsulfited red wines using grapes from growers in the Columbia Valley. These are dry dinner wines with no chemicals used in production, with the wines made & aged

in oak barrels. These wines are never put in stainless steel. This multi-generational method of wine making produces unique and flavorful wines reflecting the flavors of the grape varietal. marchettiwines.com

MASQUERADE WINE CO. is Bellingham’s urban winery and famous for crafing reds, whites, and sparkling wines. Their méthode champenoise sparkling wines are excellent with oysters. When asked about his impression of OysterFest after his first year (2016), vintner Kimmerly commented, “I am one of the few

MOSQUITO FLEET WINERY is a small, family owned and operated boutique winery with several 90+ point wines on record. Mosquito Fleet is known for their award-winning reds, producing approximately 1,000 cases of red wine each year. Their facility and tasting room is located in Belfair. Stop in Saturdays 12 –5 PM to taste. mosquitofleetwinery.com PORT TOWNSEND VINEYARDS

opened its doors in 2007. This venture was imagined by long-time residents of Port Townsend and was brought to life in collaboration with regionally respected winemaker, Ben Thomas. Numerous family and Port Townsend friends brought their talents to bear to create a wine experience that represents the honest work, coastal character, curiosity, and caring relationships of the Port Townsend culture.

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STINA’S CELLAR is a family owned and operated winery located in Lakewood with a focus on small lots. They have attended OysterFest for eleven years. When asked to share thoughts on OysterFest, owner Perry Preston reflected,“It is very well organized and run. Love that it is also a vehicle for other local non-profits to raise money.” The Stina Tasting Room is open Thursday to Saturday, 12 – 6. stinascellars.com

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STOTTLE WINERY wines are produced in Lacey, WA with tasting rooms in Lacey and Hoodsport. Stottle produces hand-crafted, award-winning wines from their vineyards in Washington. They have attended the event for five years, “OysterFest is a great way to wrap up summer,” replied Josh Stottlemeyer when asked about his impression of the event. “Great wine, great food, and good people. It draws people to our tasting rooms as well as those farther afield.” stottlewinery.com TANJULI WINERY produces wines from their Rattlesnake Hills vineyard. “We have been participating in OysterFest since 1999 and have attended it since 1991,” said Tom Campbell, owner of Tanjuli Winery, “I think it is wonderful that the community around Shelton has shared their relaxed beauty and made it possible for the local non profit groups to be the food vendors through raising funds for the organizations.” Tom’s grapes come from the Rattlesnake Hills, an area he came upon in 1981 thanks to UC Davis classmate Stan Clarke. Stan had Tom establish the white wine production for Quail Run Winery in Zillah in 1982, and in 1984 Tom and his wife Hema settled into the


Rattlesnake Hills to start Horizon’s Edge Winery, eventually selling it to the Padgetts in 1999 to focus on other ventures in Woodinville and his home state of Montana. But they couldn’t stay away for long, and in 2005 they returned to plant a small, seven acre vineyard for the production of unique estate wines. Today, the Tanjuli vineyard consists of Pommard Pinot Noir, Lampia Nebbiolo, Carménère, Mourvèdre, Aglianico, Sagrantino, Teroldego, Viognier, Picpoul Blanc, Orange Muscat, and Black Muscat. Each small block of grapes is meticulously managed from vine to bottle, resulting in wines that are “at once old and new, imaginative and familiar, rare and remarkable.” tanjuli.com

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WESTPORT WINERY was honored in 2016 as one of the top twenty “most-admired wineries” in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine seven times. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and

were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. “We love OysterFest because of the number of guests who attend and our ability to reconnect with them each year, “ remarked Carrie Roberts from Westport Winery, “It’s one of our favorite off-site events. We love how excited the people are and how busy the event is.” Westport Winery Garden Resort is open daily 8 – 7. westportwinery.com

WALTER DACON WINERY, holding the official wine label for 2018 OysterFest, is located south of Shelton (Taylor Town exit off Hwy 101), is owned and operated by Ann and Lloyd Anderson. Dedicated to Rhone style wines and sourcing grapes from vineyards in the Yakima and Columbia valleys, Walter Dacon wines reveal “the underlying fruit blended with gentle, precision use of oak.” Their tasting room,

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Volunteers and the Skookum Rotary Club are honored to foster and continue Olman’s vision. From scholarships, academic recognition, and the Mason County Science Fair to sponsoring water quality programs and providing funds to many service groups including food banks and homeless shelters. Oltman founded a legacy that will continue to have impact on the area for years to come. Thank you to the individuals who graciously attend their “shifts” at OysterFest for those things that they are most passionate about. You really do bring the energy that make it all happen!


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Recreational vehicles are parked on the east & west sides of the festival outside the inside fence – stretching the entire length of the festival.

Stay at OysterFest

OysterFest is hosted on the north side of the Port of Shelton airport property. Camping and RV’ placement surrounds the festival area.

RV sites are $40/night; tent camping $35/ night Friday and Saturday; includes two admission passes for the festival. Reservations are also available for Thursday and Sunday for $25/RVs and $20/tent camping per night. On-site registration will be open on Thursday from 12 – 6, Friday from 9 – 8, and Saturday from 4 – 6. Outside of these times, park in the overflow area until the RV registration tent opens.

The ground is very level with packed dirt and gravel/grass. There are no hookups. Quiet hours are from 11PM until 7AM. You are welcome to run your generators at all other times. The tent and RV area is first-come/first served. Sites are not be marked – it’s up to the campers to arrange appropriately.

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How is the sport catch estimated on public beaches?

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OWNED & OPERATED Jaron Garza Store Manager

Reproduced from wdfw.wa.gov/shellfish

Estimates of how many clams and oysters are harvested off a beach each year help biologists manage the seasons so that the harvest remains sustainable. Federal courts also require the state to estimate the recreational catch of clams and oysters on the important public beaches of Puget Sound. Each year, biologists take to the sky to "count heads" on public beaches from agency aircraft. Supplemented with ground based counts, this information -the number of sport harvesters on the beach - is combined with catch rate information gathered on the beach during creel surveys. Along with the number of clamming tides, this information allows biologists to estimate the total sport catch of clams and oysters on individual public beaches. Flight routes cover popular public beaches and "follow the tides" throughout Puget Sound so that a head count of sport harvesters is made close to the time of local low tide on each beach. Only sport harvesters are counted. That count at low tide is then expanded to produce an estimate of the total number of sport harvesters using the beach all day on most beaches, the total number of harvesters all day long is roughly three times the number digging on the beach exactly at low tide. Approximately 50 flights are made each season between March and September, and these provide reliable estimates of the total sport use on weekends, weekdays, and at different tide levels.

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Meanwhile, information on the average daily catch rate of sport harvesters is being gathered on the beaches themselves. On random days throughout the season, agency creel survey technicians interview sport harvesters leaving the beach. This provides accurate estimates of both the average catch per harvester, and the different species of clams coming off the beach. Estimates from the aerial surveys and beach surveys are combined to estimate the sport catch of clams and oysters on public beaches throughout Puget Sound. This information helps biologists to sustain the shellfish populations, and is also vital in setting the clam and oyster seasons.

Enjoy OysterFest!

Oyster tasting notes Oysters offer variety due to species and merrior. BRININESS - amount of salinity CUCUMBER NOTES - green, slightly bitter flavor of a cucumber SWEET - mild and sweet not briny MELON - flavor of the raw oyster SALINITY salt is often the first and sometimes primary flavor of an oyster. Oysters with very low salinity can taste flat, sweet or almost buttery. TEXTURE should be soft and fleshy, crisp on the palate. FINISH last impression after swallowing. Common finishes are MINERAL, METALLIC, EARTHY, KELPY, CUCUMBER or MELON.

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Canaries in the coal mine, grazers of the sea By Teri King and Janis McNeal

Article reproduced with permission of Washington Sea Grant

Shellfish are a keystone species, studied by water investigators to determine the health of a water body. Clams, oysters, mussels and other bivalves filter seawater and, in the process, can accumulate environmental contaminants in their tissues. Polluted shellfish beds are often an early warning to a larger problem that needs immediate attention. Marine water quality standards are more stringent for shellfish harvesting than for wading and swimming. Since shellfish are edible, the threshold for contamination is much lower than for external contact with marine waters. Bivalve shellfish also play an important role in the food web. These grazers of the sea filter copious amounts of phytoplankton rich water, converting it into a delectable dish — just as cows grazing in a pasture convert grass into steak.

The role of shellfish in this transformative position within the marine ecosystem is essential in the cycling of nutrients in our marine waters. By converting phytoplankton into tissue and shell, the shellfish are able to improve light penetration in the water column, reducing overall turbidity and benefiting larger aquatic plants such as eelgrass. Bivalve shellfish help control the overabundance of phytoplankton in parts of Hood Canal and South Puget Sound, where nitrogen has led to over-fertilization of marine waters. The best option for marine waters is to greatly reduce the flow

“The role of shellfish is essential in the cycling our marine waters.”

of nitrogen from land to sea. Failing that, bivalve shellfish introduced into nitrogen-rich marine waters can be an effective part of a remediation plan. The animals consume and retain nitrogen. When they are harvested, the nitrogen they consumed is removed from the system.

It’s in the Water

Shellfish harvested in clean water are safe to eat; shellfish harvested in dirty water are not. Clams and oysters filter the water, picking out phytoplankton, bacteria and viruses to feed themselves. Shed by all warm-blooded animals, fecal coliform bacteria are food for bivalve shellfish and can cause illness in humans.

“Shellfish introduced into nitrogen-rich marine waters can be an effective part of a remediation plan.” Information is available from the Washington State Department of Health’s Office of Shellfish and Water Protection or local county health jurisdictions. The state and counties generally do not assess private tideland water quality. Shoreline property owners may be able to infer the water quality of their tidelands based on state assessments of a nearby commercial operation or public beach.

Water quality protection is an important part of OysterFest’s mission. Volunteers from the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) and other non-profits and government agencies will be at the event share ideas on how we can protect our shorelines and marine resources. 2018 OYSTERFEST 34


MARSHALL SAN FRANCISCO NAPA HUMBOLDT

Bay to Bar Since 1983 At HOG ISLAND OYSTER CO., we take great care in everything that we do– from cultivating shellfish, to respecting our environment, to presenting our product to you. We call it our Bay to Bar philosophy, where every step is important in cultivating the best oyster experience possible. HOG ISLAND OYSTER CO. IS A CERTIFIED B CORPORATION People Using Business As A Force For Good

hogislandoysters.com Another approach would be to sample your beach’s shellfish and submit them to a lab for analysis. One test, however, will only be a snapshot of the water quality conditions on your beach on that day. Contamination levels can change with property use, weather, and season. Do not harvest and eat shellfish if there are any doubts about their safety.

Waterfront Homeowners as Marine Steward

Standing on your beach looking up at the land, what do you see? A house, a dog, a nicely manicured lawn — and a bright green algae trail coming from a bulk head weep? Does your house have a septic system? If so, do you know where it is located? Inspections insure that all of the components of your system are working properly and the septic tank doesn’t need to be pumped.

Dogs, cats, chickens, birds, horses, and other livestock all can contribute to fecal coliform pollution. Letting the rain wash through your yard can flow down to your shellfish. Pick up your pet waste, bag it, and put it into the trash, not the septic system. If you have a dock that seals and birds like to visit, it is important to sweep the feces into a bag, not the water, and put the bag in the garbage. What products do you use on the lawn or in your garden to keep it free of weeds and pests? Are those products running off onto your beach? If they are, the shellfish may be concentrating those compounds in their bodies. Try slower-release fertilizers that bind better to the soil and plants, releasing nutrients needed throughout the season. If you use fertilizers, use only the recommended amount.

You may even decide that you don’t need a bright green lawn and the fertilizer applications that go with it. A simple way to see how far your fertilizer is running is to dye it with a food-grade dye — a blue dry drink mix will work. Fertilize with the dye-covered granules as usual, then water. If the dye is running into the water, you know the fertilizer is right there with it. Remember: fertilizers make sea plants, as well as land plants, grow. Trees, shrubs and small plants can all work together as a biological filter, taking up excess nutrients and water that would otherwise run onto the beach. The fibrous roots of trees and shrubs can also help to hold the soil on the bank and keep it from being washed down on top of your oysters or clams. Pacific oysters have an ability to clap their valves and uncover

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themselves, but the smaller Olympia oysters can suffocate if buried under too much silt. Too much sediment running onto the beach can also bury clams deeper, smothering them if they cannot climb higher to expose their siphons to the water. One of the greatest joys Puget Sound has to offer is the opportunity to dig clams and shuck oysters. Even more special is the ability to step right outside your front door and harvest shellfish from your own tidelands. By taking care to limit the nutrients and pathogens running off of your property and into the Sound, and by maintaining a healthy population of shellfish on your beach, you will be helping to improve the water quality of Puget Sound — one bite at a time.

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WELCOME TO

OYSTERFEST Check out some of the exciting things to see & do while you are here. Be inspired to stay a while.

Situated between the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains in Mason County, is Hood Canal. A place filled with world-class activities, fresh and tasy oysters, lively events, and plenty of places to hide away from it all when you just want the world to yourself.

KAYAKING

Whether you seek tide-ripped saltwater passages, challenging whitewater, or lakes big and small, Hood Canal is a kayaker, canoer, or paddleboarder’s ideal destination. A rich paddling community supports any adventurer’s vision; rental packages and lesson opportunities for the budding kayaker or paddleboarder are not in short supply. Get out on the water and enjoy a fresh perspective of the canal with colossal peaks towering overhead. 2018 OYSTERFEST 36


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MASON COUNTY Everyday, people come to Hood Canal to disconnect from their day-to-day, and reconnect with themselves, families, and with nature. Most will leave wishing they had just a little more time to stay.

HOOD CANAL IS WASHINGTON’S WILD SIDE. And it’s here for you, when you’re ready to discover yours.

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EXPERIENCE THE

WILD SIDE OF WASHINGTON Like a giant fish hook weaving beneath the Olympics with a web of inlets, Hood Canal is poised to catch your imagination and reel in memories for years to come.This majestic saltwater fjord hosts unparalleled shellfish, shrimp, crab, and salmon and is renown as a diving mecca with its glacial formation causing underwater biomes that appear nowhere else. Venture away from Hood Canal to Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest for hiking and thrilling vistas. Choose from hundreds of easy access freshwater lakes or revel in waterfall views including the iconic High Steel Bridge. Ablaze with wildflowers in the spring, hidden swimming holes in the summer, a chance to see spawning salmon in the fall, and snow-capped peaks in the winter, there is never an inopportune time to visit Hood Canal.

MOTORSPORTS CLEAR YOUR MIND AND

FALL FOR WATERFALLS Hamma Hamma & Lake Kokanee are just two of the many falls waiting to be explored. The best time to view area waterfalls is in the spring while the weather is warmer but there is still plenty of run off from the mountains.

HIGH STEEL BRIDGE

Soaring 420' above the Skokomish River, the High Steel Bridge (1929), is the highest steel truss arch bridge in Washington. You won’t event need to leave the car for this breathtaking view. Follow Skokomish Valley Rd 11 miles from Hwy 101 to reach the bridge.

T he Ridge Motorsports Park racing course near Shelton includes a fantastic road course that's geared towards club racers and competitors. Head to the DNR forests for some unmatched off-road trail rides.

TRAILS & WALKS

TAHUYA STATE FOREST

World-class hiking trails lace the Olympic Mountain wilderness, leading from mountain stream beds through old growth forest to high-altitude ridgelines with breathtaking views of Hood Canal and beyond.

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TAKE A LEAP We love the folks at SKYDIVE KAPOWSIN! Feel the adrenaline pumping rush of freefall and experience the freedom of the air with highly trained professional instructors. Views of the fjord and the Olympics and a seven minute free fall adrenaline rush from 13,000

PICK A PEAK Mason County is shadowed by amazing heights! From easy day hikes with the family to overnights or “experience needed” excursions – you don’t have to go far for spectacular memories!

feet will definitely change your outlook.

TASTING YOUR WAY AROUND THE

CANAL & SOUND You can do the loop tasting farm-to-table PHOTO: TOBY TAHJA-SYRETT

dining experiences—pairing with stops at the best tasting rooms in the northwest.

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FRESH OYSTERS?

FISHING

From open water trolling on the sound to throwing dry flies on small lowland lakes, there are plenty of fishing opportunities in the area. Colossal coho are caught in the fall and hungry trout in the spring to see why every season is fishing season in Hood Canal.

BIKING

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SIX DESTINATION GOLF COURSES

Meticulously nestled in the forests and hillsides of Hood Canal, these highly rated courses will showcase the best of your golf game. Enjoy incredible views of the Olympic Mountains as you drive down lush fairways and putt on pristine greens. With a different course to play every day of the week and dining nearby to celebrate the 19th hole, Hood Canal is an ideal destination for the golfing enthusiast in all of us. ALDERBROOK

(360) 898-2560 | Union, WA alderbrookgolf.com Rated as one of the top 25 courses in the Northwest for spectacular scenery and playability, this par 72 course follows the natural contours of the land. Restaurant, lounge & Proshop.

LAKE CUSHMAN

(360) 877-5505 | Hoodsport, WA lakecushmangolfcourse.com Nestled in the forest of the Olympic Mountains above Hoodsport & Hood Canal is this 9-hole course with dual tees which plays an 18 holes. Open driving range, putting green, and practice bunker.

LAKE LIMERICK

(360) 426-6290 | Shelton, WA lakelimerick.com A quiet and picturesque course surrounded by fir trees. The gentle hills make this a challenging and fun round of golf. Facilities include a restaurant and pro shop.

LAKELAND VILLAGE

(360) 275-6100 | Allyn, WA lakelandliving.com Majestic views of the Olympics and Rainier, 27 holes with driving ranges, putting greens, practice chipping, and bunker areas. Dining clubhouse.

TAKE A TRIP AROUND THE BEND

UNION AND THE WATERS OF SOUTH HOOD CANAL TAKE A DIP

Famous for its warm waters, Twanoh State Park is a 182 acre park with 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline. Campground is open yearround. parks.wa.gov

DEEP RUN THE WATERS

Hood Canal is the only saltwater fjord in the lower United States. Depths exceed 600’ in Dabob Bay, averaging 500’ in the channel.

SAIL ABOARD THE PLEIADES

Experience an authentic schooner as you sail around the Great Bend. Scheduled and private charters available.

OYSTERS AT ALDERBROOK

Stop by the waterfront restaurant at Alderbrook Resort and Spa in Union to enjoy Hood Canal oysters prepared in a variety of ways.

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SALISH CLIFFS

(360) 462-3673 | Kamilche, WA salish-cliffs.com Salmon-safe 18 hole par 72 championship golf course created by architect Gene Bates. Clubhouse serves lunch and dinner. Adjacent to the Little Creek Casino Resort, a full service luxury resort & casino.

SHELTON SPRINGS DISC

masoncountydiscgolf.com Looking for a different type of golf? This 18 hole disc golf course is located at the intersection of Wallace Kneeland Blvd & Shelton Springs Rd.


BIRDING

With a majestic and varied landscape as a background, Hood Canal is a gorgeous place to come search for the over 250 species that call the Olympic Peninsula home. Chock full of life – birds like bald eagles, rhinoceros aucklets and more on premiere birding trails with helpful self-guided trail maps, this is a birder's paradise!

SCUBA DIVING

MUSIC & FESTIVALS

Hood Canal is known among scuba divers worldwide for its gentle currents and curious rock formations. Lessons and equipment are available at various locations in Hood Canal.

There is endless entertainment to be enjoyed in Hood Canal. With a packed event calendar, there is never an inopportune time to come, stay, and play.

ON THE WATER Hood Canal occupies 150 square miles of the Olympic Peninsula and bellies up to the Olympic National Park. It's home to thousands of species of fish and marine mammals and invertebrates like orcas, oysters, and octopuses while providing habitat to an array of seabirds. There's hardly a better way to take it all in than on the water.

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Shelton is the westernmost city on Puget Sound, practically with one foot in Olympic National Park. Featuring a bustling heritage core, Shelton’s landscape is dominated by colossal cedar, spruce, and fir trees which lend naturally to its self-proclaimed title of “Christmas Tree Capital.”

EXPLORE THE SHELTON AREA WINERY TOUR Visit the OysterFest label WALTER DACON WINERY for tastings.

FIRST SETTLERS

The Captain's Retreat Vacation Rental | 111 E Shoreline Ln, Shelton | 206-817-8490

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Harstine Island Beach Cabin | 21 E Dana Dr, Shelton | (253) 943-5264 | harstinerental.com

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Little Creek Casino Resort | W 91 State Route 108, Shelton | (800) 667-7711 | little-creek.com

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Pirates Cove Caboose | 202 E Pirates Creek Rd, Shelton | 569-2799 | greatgetaways.com

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Shelton Inn | 628 W Railroad Ave, Shelton | 426-4468 | sheltoninn.com

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Shelton Casita | Harstine Island | 360-927-6404 allynhouseinn.com

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Shelton Loft | Harstine Island | 360-927-6404 allynhouseinn.com

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Shelton Lodge | Harstine Island | 360-927-6404 allynhouseinn.com

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Shore Lane Beach House | E Shoreline, Shelton | (206) 999-1720

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Super 8 Motel | 2943 Northview Circle, Shelton | 426-1654 | super8.com

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A Lighthouse on Hammersley | 292 E Libby Rd, Shelton | 427-1107 | lighthouseonham.com

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Grab a map at the RED CABOOSE and wander historical neighborhoods.

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Roll the dice for exciting nightlife at LITTLE CREEK CASINO RESORT & LUCKY DOG CASINO

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CELEBRATING A RICH TIMBER HISTORY

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GET YOUR GAME ON

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GET YOUR RACE ON The RIDGE MOTORSPORTS PARK hosts events and karting, car, and motorcycle events.

YET MORE OYSTERS? Shelton is home to TAYLOR SHELLFISH stop by their retail facility in Taylor Town.

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SHUCKS, OYSTERS? Stop by SMOKING MO’S on Railroad for a variety of fresh oysters ready to be shucked and a great selection of drinks.

SQUAXIN ISLAND TRIBE MUSEUM depicts the People of the Water’s relationship with Puget Sound.

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FOREST ROOTS Explore SHELTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM, early life on Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and working in the woods.

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LOWER LENA LAKE TRAIL Well maintained popular trail leads to a small lake MODERATE TO DIFFICULT 3 mile climb,switchbacks TO GO: Hwy 101 at Hamma Hamma Recreation Area

STAIRCASE | OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Ranger Station is open in summer with information, exhibits, wilderness permits, map sales and wheelchair available. Road open year-round weather permitting. Call (360) 565-3131 NATIONAL PARK PASS TO GO: HWY 101 to SR#119, follow FS#24 to Staircase Entrance. RAPIDS LOOP: EASY family friendly 2 mile trail through old growth forest to a bridge over the North Fork Skokomish River; only 200-foot elevation gain. BIG CEDAR, a 0.6 mile spur trail, leads to a fallen cedar while a 0.5 mile section leads to a river viewpoint.

UPPER LENA LAKE TRAIL Steep with unstable bed; camping. MODERATE TO DIFFICULT 4.3 mile climb TOPOGRAPHY: 3,800 foot gain to sub-alpine lake TO GO: Same as Lower Lena Lake Trail above. WILDERNESS PERMIT FOR CAMPING NW FOREST PASS FOR PARKING

FOUR STREAM: EASY 1.2 mile to Beaver Flat, swampy section of alder/cedar forest. Elevation loss 100 ft.

BIG CREEK Great pack-in picnic destination with pools and footbridges. MODERATE 4 miles TO GO: Trailhead at FS#24 and SR#119 junction. NW FOREST PASS Tri t o n Triton Head

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HIKING & BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING

Clamber up the rugged trails, tiptoe through the quiet old growth forest, or careen through the pristine meadows of Olympic National Forest & National Park. Shoulder your pack and experience the sights and sounds of the vast wilderness home to some of the most beautiful flora & fauna in the world. Ablaze with wildflowers in the spring, cool hidden swimming holes in the summer, a chance to see spawning salmon in the fall, and snow capped peaks in the winter, there is never an inopportune time to hike Hood Canal.

EXPLORE HOODSPORT & NORTH HOOD CANAL

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Creekside Inn | 27131 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport | 877-9686 | creeksideinn-wa.com

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Kokanee Ridge Vacation Rental | 542 NE Kokanee Ridge, Hoodsport | 360-731-6378

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Glen Ayr Waterfront Resort | 25381 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport | 877-9522 | glenayr.com

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Lake Cushman Resort | 4621 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport | 877-9630 | lakecushman.com

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Lilliwaup Motel | 28621 N Hwy 101, Lilliwaup | 877-0002

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Mike’s Beach Resort | 38470 N Hwy 101, Lilliwaup | 877-5324 | mikesbeachresort.com

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The Moose House at Lake Cushman | Lake Cushman, Hoodsport | (503) 393-6397

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Oliver's Waterfront Potlatch House | Liilliwaup | 360-796-3450

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Pali-Kai Canal House | 327000 N Hwy 101, Lilliwaup | 426-2224

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Sunrise Motel & Dive Resort | 24520 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport | 877-5301

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Little Red Beach House | Hoodsport | 360-796-3450

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The Waterfront Beach House | Hoodsport | 206-321-8700

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The Waterfront at Potlatch | 21660 N Hwy 101 | 877-9422 | thewaterfrontatpotlatch.com

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The Yellow House | 23891 N Hwy 101, Hoodsort | 877-6818 | hoodsportndive.com

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Blue Ox Beachfront Home | Hoodsport | 253-279-0837

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Alice’s Little Beach House | Eldon | 877-9226

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WEST HOOD CANAL LODGING

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Giant octopi, wolf eels and swarms of ancient rock cod add to the wonder of this special place. SNORKEL GEAR & SCUBA LESSONS, RENTALS AND CHARTERS available.

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HOODSPORT WINERY, STOTTLE WINERY, and HARDWARE DISTILLERY offer tours amongst shopping, dining and the famous Olympic Mountain Ice Cream.

HOOD CANAL OYSTERS

Come prepared with buckets and boots. Check regs at wdfw.wa.gov before digging – or stop by HAMA HAMA STORE & OYSTER SALOON for freshly prepared seafood.

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HUG THE CURVES

As Hwy 101 navigates the bays of HOOD CANAL, imagine relaxing dockside of a beachside cabin, watching the seals roll off the rocks.

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Allyn House Inn | 18350 State Route 3, Allyn | 535-2198 | allynhouseinn.com

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BELFAIR Belfair Motel | 23322 NE State Route 3, Belfair | 275-4485 | belfairmotel.net

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Cabin on Hood Canal | 121 NE Wagon Wheel Road, Belfair | 277-0257 | cabinonhoodcanal.com

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Gladwin Beach House | 391 Gladwin Beach Rd, Belfair | 337-2960 | gladwinbeach.com

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Luxury Waterfront Rental | Belfair | 360-271-2186 explorehoodcanal.com

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Oyster Beach House | 170 NE Dulalip Landing, Belfair | 205-341-2937

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Selah Inn Bed and Breakfast | 130 NE Dulalip Landing, Belfair | 360-275-0916

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Cameo Boutique Cottage & Suite | 6871 E State Route 106, Union | 490-7006 | cameoboutique.com

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Harmony Hill Retreat Center | 7362 E State Route 106, Union | 898-2363 | harmonyhill.org

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Pebble Beach Place | 10230 WA 106, Union | 206-550-5962 | pebblebrachplace.com

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PLAN A VISIT TO ALLYN AND GRAPEVIEW A CUT ABOVE

The largest chainsaw carving outlet, BEAR IN A BOX is a great place to explore this unique art. They also teach chainsaw carving.

WATERFRONT WANDERINGS

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ALLYN & GRAPEVIEW enjoy gorgeous views of the protected waters of Case Inlet. The area features kayaking opportunities, waterfront lodging, restaurants, and beach parks.Visit for Allyn Days/Geoduck Festival, a weekend featuring entertainment (inclluding an amatuer shucking competition) as well as fantastic seafood!

GRAPE VIEWS

Waterfront Grapeview is the location of first winery and vineyards of the Pacific Northwest.

GET YOUR ART ON

Annually, Fair Harbor Marina hosts the WATER AND ART FESTIVAL, a day-long The area features quaint shops, a variety of event featuring entertainment, food restaurants, and beach parks. and working artists. grapeviewwa.com 2018 OYSTERFEST 46

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Take home

a piece of OysterFest The souvenir team at OysterFest have been hard at work all year designing great keepsake items to mark your weekend at Washingon’s premier shellfish festival in Shelton, WA. From commemorative wine glasses to warm fleecy oyster embellished hoodies, and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Visit the souvenir tent early in the day as favorite items always sell out fast! Cash and major credit cards accepted.

Volunteers, Jennifer and Carrie, assist customers at OysterFest 2017.

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