The fourth annual Oyster Cook-Off to benefit the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department will be this Saturday, Jan. 18.

A Friday evening, Jan. 17 reception, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and the Arts, will preview the oyster-related silent auction items, along with providing a sampling of the Apalachicola Bay's tasty bivalves

The cook-off on Saturday will start at noon, Judging of the cook-off, and live music and dance, starts at 2 p.m..  Contestants are encouraged to enter with their favorite recipe. All forms of oysters will be available to taste - raw, steamed, and fried. Other food items and refreshments will be available for purchase.

New this year is the Half Shell Hustle Run, a distance of distance of 3000 fathoms, or 5.5k, winding through the historic district.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Entry fees for individuals are $15, and for families, anywhere from two to five members, are $25. Each race participant will receive a canvas tote.

Awards will be presented to all age groups at the conclusion of the race. For more info call Sam Fortunas of Island Fit Stand Up Paddleboard Fitness at (850) 980-4204.

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