Largest Clam Contest Has a Date

Which clam will be crowned king this year? Durell Godfrey

The East Hampton Town Trustees have selected Oct. 2 as the date for the 26th annual Largest Clam Contest, a popular event that also serves to educate the public as to the trustees’ role in managing the town’s common lands, including beaches and waterways.

The contest will begin at noon, and this year will return to the Donald Lamb Building, the trustees’ headquarters, in Amagansett. Last year, it was held at the American Legion Hall, both to accommodate the expected crowds and because the contest had been postponed to November because of a storm days before its originally scheduled date.

In addition to prizes awarded for the largest clam dug from town waterways in both junior and adult categories, free clam chowder and clams on the half shell will be offered. Members of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program are usually on hand to detail their conservation efforts, and the East End Classic Boat Society typically displays and sells raffle tickets for a boat it has constructed.