Cracking up at Craig crab festival

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Friends, food and laughter were not in short supply Saturday evening at Crab Fest, the second annual fund-raiser sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

"Where else can you go and drink beer and eat crab and laugh all night from one thing or another, especially in Craig?" said Dave Pike of Craig.

Surrounded by people they knew, those who attended feasted on crab legs, corn on the cob, red potatoes and cheese biscuits, as well as a variety of beers and wines available at the cash bar.

"It's the first time I've been to something like this," said Kathie Johnson of Craig. "It's fun for everyone to come together and socialize when you're not working."

Disc jockey John Ponikvar played a mixture of country and beach-style music at the party, which inspired many to sing along.

"I enjoyed the music as much as anything," said Kirk McKey of Craig. "(Crab Fest is) a good time, a good cause, good food and good people."

After dinner, comedian Kevin Fitzgerald of the Denver area performed for the crowd, estimated at just under 200 people by Chamber Director Cathy Vanatta.

"It's good to laugh," Fitzgerald said. "Nobody laughs enough these days."

He told anecdotal jokes, including ones that he said happened to him while he was a practicing veterinarian.

"My brother called me up and said, 'I've got a burning sensation when I urinate.' I said, 'Why don't you hold your cigar in the other hand?'"

One highlight of Fitzgerald's performance was his tap-dancing routine he said he learned while in a dance troupe with 8-year-olds. Clad in a red and black shirt and green tights, he tapped to a medley of Christmas tunes.

"If you're clapping at that, you should go out more," Fitzgerald said after his dance.

Vanatta said Crab Fest was one of Chamber's largest fund-raisers and hopes the event grows in future years. The nonprofit organization uses the proceeds to benefit the community and attract new visitors and those interested in relocating to Moffat County.

"It helps us to keep offering the services we do," she said.

She said the evening served as an opportunity for community members to come together in a social situation while contributing to a worthy cause. This is one of many events put on by Chamber throughout the year, and she said she hopes its popularity will continue to grow.

"We appreciate everyone who attended and helped out," she said. "Hopefully everyone had a good time, and hopefully next year it'll be even better."

Michelle Perry may be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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