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Can You Dig It? Largest Clam Contest Is Sunday

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 11:13
The largest clam contest returns on Sunday.
Durell Godfrey

The East Hampton Town Trustees' Largest Clam Contest, an annual event that for the 31st year will showcase the group's role in town government and the bounty of the town's waterways, will happen on Sunday at noon on the grounds of the Lamb Building on Bluff Road in Amagansett, which houses the trustees' office.

Recreational shellfish harvesters with a valid shellfish license from the town can enter hard clams harvested from Napeague, Accabonac, and Three Mile Harbors as well as Lake Montauk. This year, a fifth water body, Hog Creek, has been added for recreational harvesters. Prizes will be awarded in adult and junior categories for each of those water bodies. One clam per contestant per day can be entered.

New to the contest this year is a separate contest for commercial fishermen. In this category, one prize will be awarded for the largest clam over all.

Clams for the contest can be harvested through Saturday. Competing clams are to be taken to the Amagansett Seafood Store or Stuart's Seafood Market in Amagansett, or Gosman's Fish Market or Peterson's Seafood Market in Montauk. There is a $1 entry fee per clam.

Also new this year is a clam pie showcase. Members of the public can enter their own, with a note about its history — a favorite family recipe, for example. There will be a clam chowder contest, as well. Those wishing to enter have been asked to collect an entry container and rules at the trustees' office. The entry fee is $1.

The day will feature face painting for children and live music.

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