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Staff photo by Sam Hickman
Lisa Bellamy, middle, was defeated in last year’s N.C. Oyster Festival professional shucking competition by her daughter, Annie Bonifacio, who has competed in the international championship in Ireland. Bellamy has captured three women’s national championships but is yet to advance to Ireland for the world competition.
Local shucker one of country’s best

 Lisa Bellamy is an oyster-shucking legend.

She’s dominated the N.C. Oyster Festival professional shucking competition so many times, she can’t remember how many times she’s been crowned top shucker.

“I lost count awhile back,” Bellamy said. “It’s been fun.”

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