FORK & CORK: The Chamber's Annual Oyster Roast
A Whole Lot of 'Shuckin' Going On!
The 2011 Annual Oyster Roast hosted by the Fayetteville Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce was a huge success and more than outdid the 3 tons of oysters gone through last year by its large turnout yet.
It's the Chamber's Event of The Season where men are men and can act like boys for one night of fanfair and absolute fun! No white gloves, tophat and tails are found at this event. It's chow down on some oysters boys!
Jerry Lee Lewis couldn't have sang it any better. 'There's a whole lot of shuckin going on! We ain't fakin, whole lot of shuckin going on!' And they came in droves.
Big ones, little ones, funny ones and hot ones, boy those oysters were EVERYWHERE.
Held at Paradise Acres in Hope Mill's each year, it's an event so much fun, it get's bigger and better each year.
This year, one of the largest turnouts of Chamber Members, both men and women. Afterall, we women know how to chow down too!
Along with a whole lot of oysters to chow down on, there was great BBQ and hush puppies, chicken wings and all the fixings. What a great way to network, have fun, eat and get to watch the much anticipated 'Chicken Wing Eating Contest' sponsored by none other than Hooters.
Oysters take the spotlight, but let's have fun too, because nothing beats a well seasoned, smoking hot chicken wing as you try and eat 10 the fastest way possible.
Natalie Young, Chamber Board Member stepped up to the plate, as did Dale Iman, Fayetteville City Manager and Brandon Woodbury, Director of Miller Motte College.
Doorprizes- another reason for fun in itself. We had it! Zipquest donated a prize pack of eight people ridding Zipquest, won by Chamber member, Kali Ziegler.
Fayetteville Fireantz donated tickets to their great hockey games, several of those door prizes were given out.
With the Biggest Door Prize being the granddaddy of them all.
The largest gas grill and oven, I've ever seen.
All in all, a whole lot of shuckin going on and a great time was had.
"There is little doubt that this year's Oyster Roast was an exceptional event, and based on the feedback we've received it was much improved over years prior, " said the Chamber President and CEO, Doug Peters.
Kudos to our Chamber on a job well done.
Great teamwork by Tara O'Neil, Event Coordinator of Chamber - Jeff Schumacher, Chief Operating Officer and the entire Chamber Staff along with volunteer Chamber Ambassadors. See you next year, Cheers!
The Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce is the areas chief business advocacy organization and strives to improve quality of life by creating wealth, jobs and investment in our community. The Chamber, through its business partners, the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, coordinates the community's economic development efforts as well as provides a number of opportunities to grow local businesses