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80 FRIDAY. MARCH 2 - MONDAY. MARCH S. 2012 ARTS & ENTE RTAINMENT Cape Gazette Waiting to carry "hot stuff" to hungry oyster eaters are (I-r) Jay Will Breasure and Louis Briggs III. Baxter, Shane Phillips, Tyler Mears, DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO Shawn Lecates. Jake Ricker, NICK ROTH PHOTO JOHN KEMP enjoys the 75th annual Oyster Eat Feb. 24 at the Georgetown Volun- t~br Fire Company. NICK ROTH PHOTO A 75th anniversary oyster-shucking knife sold for $3,900 at the Oyster Eat. Event Chairman Michael Riggs, left, displays the knife as Dave Wilson auctions offthe historic item. DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO Former Sussex Republican Chairman Ron Sams, left, is shown with Ben Mobley, who is runmng for Delaware's insurance com- missioner post as a RepubLican. $30,000 raised for fire department By Dennis Forney The music spread loud and far and the air smelled of cigars and ters as the Georgetown Vol- teer Fire Company hosted the 75th annual Oyster Eat Feb. 24. The event is held each year on last Friday in February as a fundraiser for the fire depart- ment. ,This year's event brought out an elbow-to-elbow and shoulder- to-shoulder crowd of mostly men eager to eat raw and steamed oys- ters, ham and egg salad sand- wiches all washed down with lots of 16 Mile Responders' Ale and Coors Light. According to Jean Stephenson of Georgetown Fire Department, the official count at 11:30 p.m. - half an hour before the oyster eat ttLrned back into a fire hail - was 986. Record years have brought out in excess ofl,100 but this year's number ranks up there with the top five in attendance. Ricky Green and his son, Neai, teamed up this year to craft a pair of oyster knives in a special com- memorative 75th Annual George- town Oyster Eat box for live auc- tion. Allan Baker signaled the winning bid of $3,900 and Auc- tioneer Dace Wilson shouted, "Sold your way!" Baker has pur- chased several of the knives over the years. "A lot of my friends are firemen in Georgetown and I'm here to support them," said Baker. A commemorative walking stick brought a high bid of $600 and a 16 Mile fireman's ax brought $300. When all is said and done, the event will have again raised $30,000 or more to help fund the fire department's annual opera- tions. NICK ROTH PHOTO 16 Mile Brewing Company co-owner Chad Campbell, left, and Director of Sales and Marketing Claus Hagelman poured cups of Responders Ale and Delaware Oyster Stout. Campbell is enjoying a gJass of his own beer, not that other brand. DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO Georgetown fireman Brad Harmon hoists a basket of "hot stuff" in the air - freshly stc ~med oysters headed for waiting shuckers. DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO Very few people enjoy the annual oys- ter eat more than Jerry Esposito, who has been attending without pause for the past 36 years. DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO Sussex Administrator Todd Lawson jaws it UP with the men selling 75th Oyster Eat memorabilia this year. They are (I-r) Rep. Dan Short of Seaford, Sussex Council President Mike Vincent and Georgetown Fire Department's Bob Ricker.