The smell of savory butter. The sound of hundreds of chitin-filled shells breaking. The sight of people enjoying a food they don’t get to eat very often.
It can only mean one thing: Crabfest is here again.
Crabfest 2013 is scheduled for Saturday night at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser features a night of fun complete with the meat of the title crustacean as the main course.
The Chamber will be serving up 300 pounds of king crab, said Chamber Executive Director Christina Oxley. The sumptuous shellfish also comes with side dishes such as red potatoes, corn on the cob, herb and cheese biscuits and a number of desserts, ensuring no one who attends will go home hungry.
“People get so much crab, and they can get seconds and thirds, and they’re always surprised by how much they can get,” she said. “It’s always very high-quality crab, and that’s getting more and more expensive and harder to get, so that was great for us to get some.”
While diners are cracking the shells, it won’t be long before they’re cracking up in another way during the night’s activities, with a performance by comedian Sam Adams, who last appeared at the event in 2010.
“He was fantastic, everyone loved him, so when we found out he was available, we jumped on it,” Oxley said.
A new feature this year will be commemorative pictures from Quality Plus One Hour Photo.
“It’s a nice little add-on for people because they’re having a night out or they’re on a date, and it’s great for them to step aside and get a picture of that,” she said.
Participants will also be able to join in on a silent auction to benefit the Chamber and Moffat County Visitor Center. Oxley said more than $8,000 worth of materials will be available, among them some cases of crab for those who want to take home the specialty food for future meals.
“We’ve got some really cool stuff that people can’t get anywhere else,” Oxley said.