Love oysters? well you can compete in the annual oyster eating competition. Close to 180 people went into the draw for the competition last year. In heats of five people, competitors down a dozen oysters. The person with the fastest time goes into the final where they eat two dozen oysters. The person with the fastest time wins.
Another big aspect of the festival is the woodchopping. More than 30 people took part in the woodchopping last year. Australian woodchopping champion Brad De Losa is a regular to the Karuah Oyster and Timber Festival. It is anticipated he will return this year. The first woodchopping event of the day will be held at 10am. The final events will be held in the Karuah RSL Club from 5pm.
The Karuah Motor Yacht Club will once again hold a junior fishing competition on the day of the festival. Sign ups are at 8am near the jetty.
There will also be the great Karuah River Duck Race, scheduled for 2pm. Ducks cost $5 to sponsor. At a certain time during the day about 300 ducks are tipped off the Karuah Bridge. The first numbered duck to float across the finish line about 200 meters down the river wins.
The festival will also include a car display, live performances and entertainment, markets and food stalls. There will be a children’s activity tent and Port Stephens fishing identity John “Stinker” Clarke will be in attendance with his latest book.
Koala Ferries will be running between Soldiers Point Marina and Karuah. Pick ups are scheduled for 9am and noon. Returns are scheduled for 3pm and 5pm.
For more details head to Karuah Oyster and Timber Festivals Facebook Page