Many disappointed by lack of oysters at Lowcountry Oyster Festival

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Update January 28: Despite decent weather and a great turnout, good times were cut short for many as the the oyster supply at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival was kicked by 3 p.m.

According to The Post and Courier, a crowd of 10,000+ went through two tractor-trailer loads of oysters in under 5 hours.

The Charleston Restaurant Association proudly invites you to the 30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, a tribute to the mighty mollusk, to be held January 27th at historic Boone Hall Plantation.

This Oyster Festival is the real deal. Here's what to expect from the official event website:

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the legendary “Oyster Shucking” and “Oyster Eating” Contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a Children’s Area complete with pony rides and jump castles and a “Food Court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste. 2013 Food Court will include 8 restaurants, 3 food trucks and 2 sweets.

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival will be roasting up the goods from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. this year. Tickets are on sale now for $12 a piece.