Tammy Mower, left, and her father, John Reynolds, crack their crab legs during last year’s Crabfest. This year’s event, Crabfest 2010, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Tickets are $50.

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Tammy Mower, left, and her father, John Reynolds, crack their crab legs during last year’s Crabfest. This year’s event, Crabfest 2010, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Tickets are $50.

Craig Chamber of Commerce gears up for Crabfest 2010

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What: Eighth annual Crabfest, featuring a crab leg dinner, and entertainment from comedian Sam Adams and a skit by the MCHS acting and theater arts class

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40

Cost: $50

— Tickets are still available. For more information, call the Chamber at 824-5689.

Even people who have attended the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s annual Crabfest event in the past can expect to be surprised by this year’s dinner offerings, Christina Oxley said.

“This year, it’s a different level of king crab (legs),” said Oxley, the Chamber’s executive director.

The Alaskan crab legs, she said, are grades 12 to 16 — meaning there will be 12 to 16 crab legs for every 10 pounds delivered.

“Which basically means they’re ginormous,” Oxley said.

Crabfest 2010, the eighth annual fundraiser for the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Tickets cost $50 per person.

“It’s not all you can eat, but some years it feels like it,” Oxley said.

In addition to the “colossal” crab legs, Oxley said the menu will include potatoes, corn, biscuits and a cash bar.

The event will also feature Denver comedian Sam Adams, a skit by Moffat County High School acting and theater arts students, and a live and silent auction.

Oxley said the event is “a special night out,” because “crab and comedy” is unique to Craig.

“You could do a steak dinner, you could do a prime rib dinner, but that’s fairly common,” Oxley said. “Crab is pretty rare — especially in Northwest Colorado.

“It’s just different.”

The comedian is particularly different, Oxley said.

“I am so excited about him,” she said of Adams. “I looked at his clips and I was rolling on the floor laughing. He’s just so unique. He is completely clean, which is great for the crowd we draw to this event.”

Adams, 50, said his act is inspired by Bill Cosby records, and variety shows by Ed Sullivan and Red Skelton.

“It’s squeaky clean,” Adams said. “I always do my act as if my mother is sitting in the front row. I know she’d get up and slap the (heck) out of me if I said something inappropriate.”

The high school’s acting and theater arts class will serve as the opening act. The students will perform Molière’s “The Love Doctor.”

Teacher Casey Kilpatrick said the piece is a short, 20-minute skit.

“It’s hilarious from a dialogue standpoint,” Kilpatrick said. “All the characters are pretty much big, grandiose, out-of-control people.

“It’s just one of those silly skits that’s going to get everyone geared up for the comedian.”

Regarding the auctions, Oxley said this year’s items include, among other things, hot-air balloon rides and a “romance package” featuring a suite at a local hotel, dinner, flowers, wine and jewelry.

The annual event raises $5,000 to $7,000, which funds the Visitor Center, Oxley said.

“(The Visitor Center) doesn’t really have a revenue source,” she said. “You don’t charge visitors for information. So, money raised in this event goes toward keeping those doors open.”

Oxley said the Visitor Center serves 13,000 to 15,000 people every year.

Oxley said the Chamber has printed 250 Crabfest tickets. As of Monday, she has sold about 100.

“I would love to sell out,” she said. “It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been able to do that.

“If you like crab, this is definitely the place to be.”

Adams said he’s looking forward to the gig, but not because of the crab legs.

“I have (seafood) allergies, so I’ll be staying as far away from the crowd as I can,” Adams said. “I’ll just eat the biscuits.”

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