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After 22 years, the women’s record for eating oysters at Wintzell’s has been broken.
The women’s record was 215 raw oysters. Was. Let’s take a moment to recognize Beth Larimore Carter who bravely set the record on May 1, 1997. Her name hung on the wall for almost 22 years to the day, when last week it was replaced by 33-year-old Kristen Amy McElheny.
The former America’s Junior Miss participant wanted to hold this record since she was a little girl, and preparing for battle, solicited sponsorships from several business for the Distinguished Young Women program, raising more than $5,000 for scholarship funds. McElheny managed to take down 223 raw oysters before throwing in the towel with 10 minutes remaining in the hour, immortalizing her name.
I bet it felt good. Congratulations, young lady. I don’t know if I could do it, but I’d like to try.
St. Mary’s Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza coming soon
It’s no big deal, only the 17th Annual St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza! Saturday, May 18, gates are open from 3:30-8 p.m. With all-you-can-eat crawfish and a few solid hours of hard-hitting bluegrass, you have to decide if your body can handle it.
This rain-or-shine event is the tastiest in town, and only costs $20 in advance. The price hikes up to $25 on the day of the event, so get your tickets now at Mobile Popcorn or St. Mary’s school. Kids 13-18 are only $15, and kids 12 and under get in free.
Fairhope Brewing Company’s Sixth Annual Suck It, Cancer crawfish showdown
I’ll be getting a healthy dose of crawfish that weekend. First St. Mary’s, then Fairhope Brewing Company’s Sixth Annual Suck It, Cancer event. I can’t believe it’s been six years, but this crawfish cook-off is going strong. Sponsored by Bryant Bank and D.I.P. Seafood-Mudbugs, 1,000 pounds of crawfish will be sacrificed to benefit the American Cancer Society. Teams will compete to see which one boils it best.
The event is Sunday, May 19 from 2-5 p.m. at 914 Nichols Ave. Tickets for this battle of the bug are only $15 and include all the crawfish you can eat, plus live music by Stephen Sylvester. They better have plenty of Cheap Sunglasses and I Drink Therefore I Amber. I’ll be breaking my diet for this one.
Truman’s Diner planning opening date
Truman’s Diner is currently under construction at 14 S. Conception St., getting close to an opening date. The future 1930s-style diner plans on keeping it Southern when they unlock the doors, but until then you will have to satisfy your curiosity with photos of their progress on social media. Owner Bill Appling was originally hoping for an early spring launch time, but is now hoping to seat people in June.
This is one cool building I’m anxious to see. We will eagerly be waiting to confirm a grand opening date.
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