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National Hard Crab Derby
Labor Day Weekend Sept. 3, 4, 5, 6, 2015

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, September 3rd

Grounds Open 6 pm - 10 pm

For carnival only

Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Admission Free
Wristbands for the rides are $13 in advance or $18 at the carnival. Good for 6 - 10 pm only.
No vendors

Miss Crustacean Pageant 7 pm more info

Crisfield High School
Admission $10

Friday, September 4th

Crab Cooking Contest 9 am more info

First Baptist Church, Somerset Ave
Admission Free

Grounds Open 6 pm

Carnival 6 pm - 10 pm

Carnival grounds, Somers Cove Marina
Admission Free
Wristbands for the rides are $13 in advance or $18 at the carnival. Good for 6 - 10 pm only.
Rides, games, food, vendors Various Prices

Crisfield Idol 6:30 pm

Crab Bowl
Admission $3

Miss Crab Claw Contest 7:30 pm

Crab Bowl
Admission $3

Saturday, September 5th

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

City Dock

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
Wristbands for the rides are $13 in advance or $18 at the carnival. Good for 12 - 4 pm only.
Rides, games, food, vendors Various Prices

Skiff Races 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Wellington Beach, Brick Kiln
Admission Free

Crab Picking Contest 1:30 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

68th Annual Governor's Cup Race 2:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

National Hard Crab Derby Race 2:30 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

"Feet of Fire" Dance Group 4:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

"Firewall Youth" Ministry 5:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

Concert 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm more info

Whiskey Creek & Baltimore band Alter Ego
Tickets $15
Tables for 8 are $160 until August 21st
After August 21st, tables are $180
Buy your tickets in advance!
Call the Chamber 410-968-2500

Sunday, September 6th

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 are $13 in advance or $18 at the carnival. Good for 1 - 4 pm only.

Boat Docking Contest 1 pm - 4 pm more info

Somers Cove Marina
Admission $17

Gospel Concert 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

Fireworks 9:00 pm

Crab Bowl (Marina bleachers)
Admission Free

  • National Hard Crab Derby
    September 3, 4, 5, 6, 2015
    Starts 6 PM Thursday evening, September 3, with the carnival only
    Crab Derby grounds in the Somers Cove Marina
  • Featured Events
    Miss Crustacean Pageant
    Crab Cooking Contest
    Saturday Concert
    Boat Docking Competition
  • Concert Tickets
    The Saturday Concert kicks off with Whiskey Creek at 6:30 pm followed by Alter Ego at 8 pm playing a variety of 70's, 80's and 90's Rock and Country.
    The Saturday Concert is usually a sell-out event. Tickets must be bought in advance. Don't wait. Get your tickets now.
    Tickets $15 410-968-2500

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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