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Crabfest a tasty, terrific night for Craig

Chamber event sells out tickets for event dinner, comic, silent auction

From left, cooks Vic Updike and Chris Nichols are engulfed in steam in the cool Saturday night outside the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion as they unload a container of fresh crab legs for volunteer wait staff Grady Anson, Ryan Peck and Garrett Anson to take inside as part of Crabfest 2015. The sold-out event hosted Craig Chamber of Commerce included a full menu of the seafood specialty and other sides, as well as a silent auction and a stand-up comedy performance.

Saturday night was a time for the Craig community to get cracking.

The satisfying crunch of a fleet of king crab legs was a sound welcome to diners ready for a meal fit for royalty as part of Crabfest 2015, hosted by the Craig Chamber of CommerceCraig Chamber of Commerce at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Craig Chamber of Commerce at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

The evening's menu was full of the seafood delicacy, herb and cheddar biscuits, potatoes and corn, as well as a sweet buffet table of desserts and tropical mai tais and other drinks at the cash bar.

Big spenders got to show their support for the area in the night's silent auction, which included everything from vacation getaways to an extra container of the night's entrée.

"It was stressful, but it worked out even better than I thought it would," said Adrie Camp, Chamber member director, who was tasked with organizing the auction.

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Camp added that the organization sold out tickets, maxing out at 225.

Southwestern EnergySouthwestern Energy also had a hand in sponsorship for the event, with a stand-up comedy performance by also had a hand in sponsorship for the event, with a stand-up comedy performance by Dr. Kevin FitzgeraldDr. Kevin Fitzgerald as the entertainment, the performer boasting a rich past as a former security specialist for The Rolling Stones, The Who and other musical acts before becoming a veterinarian. The Denver native has also been a staple of the Animal Planet reality shows “Emergency Vets” and “E-Vet Interns.” as the entertainment, the performer boasting a rich past as a former security specialist for The Rolling Stones, The Who and other musical acts before becoming a veterinarian. The Denver native has also been a staple of the Animal Planet reality shows "Emergency Vets" and "E-Vet Interns."

Southwestern Energy also had a hand in sponsorship for the event, with a stand-up comedy performance by Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald as the entertainment, the performer boasting a rich past as a former security specialist for The Rolling Stones, The Who and other musical acts before becoming a veterinarian. The Denver native has also been a staple of the Animal Planet reality shows "Emergency Vets" and "E-Vet Interns."

The seasoned funnyman needed little warm-up for the amiable crowd, already in good spirits partly due to the presence of Crabfest's trademark googly-eyed crab hats worn by volunteer servers.

Kaitlyn Marchbanks was one of the first-time staff dishing out food while wearing the outlandish headgear.

"My aunt is on the (Chamber) board and volunteered me, and I said, 'Heck, yeah!'" she said. "This is a great thing that they do here for the locals."

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