Those wishing to put their rakes to the test for the East Hampton Town Trustees’ Largest Clam Contest will have to wait a bit longer to dig for the winners in Lake Montauk, Napeague Harbor, Accabonac Harbor, Hog Creek, and Three Mile Harbor, as heavy rains have closed many areas to shellfishing and forced a second rescheduling of the annual event.
The trustees, as of Oct. 2, had yet to set a new date for the contest and for the digging. Once they do, clams harvested from the above water bodies must be taken to the Amagansett Seafood Store, the Seafood Shop in Wainscott, Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett, or the Montauk Seafood Company. At any of those locations, contestants are to place their clam in a mesh bag and attach a shellfish tag with their name, telephone number, the date the clam was harvested, and the waterway from which it was taken. Parents entering for children ages 4 to 14 must include that information as well as their name and their child’s name and age.
Contestants are permitted to enter one clam only. Judges will weigh the entries and award prizes, in both children and adult divisions, for each waterway.