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National Hard Crab Derby
Labor Day Weekend Aug. 28, 29, 30, 31, 2014

Somers Cove Marina

Crisfield's National Hard Crab Derby is an annual Labor Day weekend event. The unique crab themed festival features crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, arts and crafts, vendors, live entertainment, beauty pageants, a parade, fireworks and more.

The festival begins Thursday evening with a carnival, runs through the weekend and ends Sunday night with a Gospel concert and fireworks. Many events are free. There is a $3 admission fee on Saturday and additional fees apply for the Saturday night concert and some of the other events.

Crab Derby Schedule

Thursday, August 28th

Grounds Open 6 pm

Carnival 6 pm - 10 pm

Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Admission Free
Wristbands for the rides $20

Miss Crustacean Pageant 7 pm more info

Crisfield High School
Admission $10

Friday, August 29th

Crab Cooking Contest 8 am more info

First Baptist Church, Somerset Ave
Admission Free

Grounds Open 5 pm

Carnival 5 pm - 10 pm

Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Admission Free
Rides, games, food, vendors various prices

Live entertainment 5:30 pm

Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Admission Free

Crisfield Idol 6:00 pm and
Ms. Crab Claw Contest 8:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission to both $3

Saturday, August 30th

10-K Race/Walk 7:30 am more info

City Dock
Admission Free

Lions Club Swim Meet 9:00 am

Somers Cove Marina Pool
Admission Free

Parade 11:00 am

Main St.
Admission Free

Grounds Open 12 noon

Carnival 12 noon

Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Admission $3
Rides, games, food, vendors various prices

Skiff Races 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Wellington Beach, Brick Kiln
Admission Free

War of 1812 Historical Presentation 1:30 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

Crab Picking Contest 2:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

67th Annual Governor's Cup Race 2:30 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

Dance Troop 4:30 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

Concert 6 pm - 10:30 pm more info

7 Bridges : The Ultimate EAGLES Experience
With Naked Blue & Jon Pheasant
Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Bring-Your-Own-Chair $20
Tables for 8 $200
Tickets must be bought in advance
Call the Chamber 410-968-2500

Sunday, August 31st

Open Air Religious Service 8:00 am

Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Admission Free

Grounds Open 12 noon

Carnival Rides 12 noon - 4 pm

Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Admission Free
Wristbands for the rides $20

Boat Docking Contest 1 pm - 4 pm more info

Somers Cove Marina
Admission $15

Gospel Concert 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

Fireworks 9:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

Crab Derby

by Mindie Burgoyne

Every Labor Day weekend, people from all over the Mid-Atlantic region visit Maryland's southernmost town to see some 400 blue crabs compete in one of the most celebrated crustacean events in America, the National Hard Crab Derby. Sixty-four years ago, watermen brought their feistiest live crabs to race in the street in front of the post office.

picture of the crab race Today crabs are brought to Crisfield from all over the Chesapeake Bay region and are raced at Somers Cove Marina on a slick, flat track in view of hundreds of spectators. Fifty live crabs at a time are launched from the wooden "crab cake track" onto a wet flat surface pitched at an angle. The first crabs off the surface are the winners of that heat. Heat winners continue to compete. The highlight of the race is...

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