News Release, US Oyster Festival

LEONARDTOWN, MD: The Rotary Club of Lexington Park, the sponsor of one of St. Mary’s County’s signature events – the US Oyster Festival – has made the decision to cancel this year’s event. This was done by the Club out of an abundance of concern for the well-being of Festival-goers, volunteers, and other participants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to keep the 54-year old tradition alive, the Club is planning to host small, virtual events, highlighting the key elements of the Festival – the National Oyster Cook-Off and the U.S. Oyster Shucking Competition.  As these plans develop, details will be posted on the Festival’s website: and also on its Facebook page. 

As is the case for many organizations this year, the Rotary Club of Lexington Park is saddened by the loss of this event and the recognition it brings to the needs of the many participating charitable organizations. King Oyster assures us all, however, that he is doing all he can to ensure that the U.S. Oyster Festival will be back in its traditional format in October 2021!