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Contest being held to find biggest native oyster

From now through Nov. 15, Virginia Oyster Country is holding a contest to find the biggest live native oyster (Crassostrea Virginica) it can find from residents of the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Tangier.

“We don’t care if you dredged, tonged, dived for, grew it yourself or just happen to see it on the end of a dock somewhere, that gigantic oyster could net you a big prize,” a release stated.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories—commercial watermen and residents. Commercial watermen will receive a cash award of $500, while residents will get a weekday dinner and an overnight stay for two at the Tides Inn Resort, plus $100 in cash.

According to Guinness World record, the largest oyster ever recorded was 14 inches and still growing. The giant bivalve is 15-20 years old and found in Denmark in the North Sea in 2014. The largest oyster found in the U.S. was located in California and measured 13 inches.

Contest rules and additional information is avai...

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