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..... 62  CAPEAZETTjFridMat'lb '- li/h'12, 1998 Georgetown O,,ster Eat continues annual tradition for more than 9q10 men The women were at Nassau or Pickles so men acted like men More than 900 men streamed through the doors of the George- town Fire Hall on Friday, Feb. 27, for the 61st annual Georgetown Oyster Eat. Word buzzed through the crowd that all the women in the area were either at the Lewes Fire Department's Shrimp Feast in Nassau or at J.W. Pickles Restaurant on Route 113. That fact established, the men began swilling beers, smoking cigars, pounding each other on the back, prying open steamed oys- ters, dipping them into fiery con- coctions of horseradish and ketchup and hooting along with the bluegrass music of Dean Sapp and the Harford Express. This year's chairmen, Bob Ricker and Eric Pepper, hawked 61st Oyster Eat T-shirts from a stepped-up stage near the front door while a few steps away 41 st District Rep. Charlie West, D- Gumboro, and his son Chip, run- ning :for a Sussex Council seat, shook hands with every man who walked into the hall. "This year we bought 30 gal- lons of raw oysters and 85 bushels of oysters in the shell. Louisiana oysters and they're good," said Pepper. They added that the evening's food included 100 pounds of ham for the gourmet ham and white bread sandwiches and 210 dozen eggs for the egg salad sand- wiches and hard-boiled eggs that fill out the annual menu. As for many years, Clarence Bai- BAILEY Icy and James Chandler of Milton shucked raw oysters for the half shell. "It's a good year," said Ricker. "We'll prob- ably make between $6,000 and $10,000." He said the bluegrass band was so CHANDLER anxious to play at this year's event that they showed up at 5 p.m. to set up. "We don't open the doors until 8 p.m. That's the first time the band's ever been here that early." The crowd enjoyed itself until midnight when the fire hall doors rolled open and the men were swept out into the night - some headed for Nassau, some headed for Pickles, some headed for card games and most headed for home. For more information on the auction of Vernon Ellingsworth's oyster knife see page Z Bobby Little came prepared. Wearing a top hat to complete the sartorial splendor, Little brought butter and a saucepan to Friday's oyster eat so he could whip up some fresh oyster stew. Mike Short photos Todd Dedmon gets a light during Friday's Georgetown oys- ter eat. John Souder helped Dedmon light up his stogie, using a handy propane torch. Dennis Forney photo Shown during the Oyster Eat are Bowers Beachers (l-r) Chris Clough, Matt McConaghy, Pop Pop Joseph, Joe Yorker and Norman Melvin. Dave Frederick photo Mike Tyler, Peter Slacum and Jim Ippolito were among the crowd enjoying oysters and bluegrass music at the eat. Mike Short photo Eric Porter plays spoons on the thigh of Vernon Ellingsworth while the band plays. Dennis Fomey photo Charlie West calls for bids for Vernon Ellingsworth's oyster knife, held up for all to see by Oyster Eat co-chairman Eric Pepper. Eric Porter paid $1,350.