No sawdust-covered floors, no cigar-scented air, no free-flowing beer and no foot-stomping music. The 84th annual Georgetown Fire Company Oyster Eat was like no other in the history of this long-standing Sussex County tradition.
Due to restrictions limiting large gatherings under the COVID-19 state of emergency, fire company volunteers had to improvise with a drive-through event to save their largest fundraiser this year. Instead of hundreds of men packed in tight in the fire station bays, cars and trucks picked up traditional oyster-eat fare from the side door of the fire station as volunteers worked throughout the day to cook and pack a menu of fried oysters, raw oysters, chicken salad, macaroni and cheese, and of course, hard-boiled eggs and popcorn.
The Georgetown Fire Co. Oyster Eat has been named a Library of Congress Local Legacy event because of its historical and cultural significance to Sussex County.