75th annual Crab Derby returns to Crisfield

CRISFIELD, Md- The Crab Derby returned for its 75th outing at the Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield Saturday, featuring over 500 crabs racing, vendors, games, and more.

The event helps benefit the local American Legion Post, and organizers say this year’s event had a tremendous turnout. The crabs are caught, numbered and sold to participants to name them and race them at $5 per crab.

“This is marvelous compared to the crowds we’ve had the last few years, especially during covid. This is a huge crowd, we are having a great day,” said organizer and American Legion Post member Greg Ward.

The top five crabs from all the races get to go to the final round and be crowned a winner and have a chance to be thrown back into the ocean. Participants say it’s a tradition they are proud to be a part of.

“Last year I got in that grand final race and I was 3rd place, the second runner up so its a big deal to me because I have been putting crabs here since I was a little kid 40-45 years easily,” said participant Rob Horsey.

The event also featured crab picking competitions, beauty pageants, vendors, and even a dock dogs swimming competition. Vendors say the event is a great way to get exposure for all crab-related goods.

“Seeing the items in person, getting people to see it, makes it a bigger better showing and gets people excited,” said crab-themed woodworking vendor 72 Smith Creations’ Owner Phil Smith.

Attendees at the Crab Derby tell 47abc, that it’s a day of fun that has been passed down over generations, and they’re proud to keep it going.

“It’s great to have a place like Crisfield that has 75 years of tradition of the same festival, it’s great that everyone keeps coming out and keep supporting it,” Horsey said.






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