Panama City oyster shucker places 13th in international competition

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GALWAY, Ire. (WJHG/WECP) -- A Panama City local made his way to Galway, Ireland Saturday to compete in an international oyster shucking competition.

Honor Allen not only represented Panama City, but he represented the United States in this competition. Allen placed 13th out of 22 countries competing.

The competition measured who could shuck 30 oysters in the fastest time with the best presentation.

Competitors received penalties and bonuses. Some penalties included if the oyster was not opened or presented and if the shell was not upright.

Allen's total "adjusted" time for shucking was 4 minutes and 29 seconds.

Estonia's Anti Lepik placed first with a total "adjusted" time of 2 minutes 15 seconds.

Ireland placed second and Canada rounded out the top three.

According to Jennifer Vigil, the President and CEO of Destination Panama City, Florida Oyster Trail had a documentary crew follow Allen on his journey.

She said the documentary focuses on topics including ecology, aquaculture economy, and gastronomy tourism.

Vigil told us Allen will return to the nationals in Maryland on October 23rd.

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