Chamber holds annual crustacean feast |

Chamber holds annual crustacean feast

Jennifer L. Grubbs
Diners enjoy their dinner of king crab legs, potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and biscuits Friday night at Crabfest 2008. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Craig Chamber of Commerce. This year, diners were able to get seconds and thirds at the buffet.
Jennifer L. Grubbs

Before the start of Crabfest 2008 on Friday night, the kitchen and dining room were a flurry of activity, as the volunteers put biscuits in the oven, melted butter, made sure the warming trays were ready for the king crab legs and, most importantly, they straightened each others’ crab hats.

When people started streaming in to claim their seats at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, the volunteers were ready, and the feasting soon began. Table by table, people lined up for a full plate of the main attraction: king crab legs.

And the portions were not skimpy at this year’s Crabfest. In fact, there was enough that once everyone had gotten a first plate, people were invited to get seconds, thirds and even fourths, according to Chamber Executive Director Christina Currie.

She said this was because of lower attendance – about 170 tickets were sold – but that this also allowed everyone to eat until they were stuffed with crab.

Some of the crab was even boxed up and sold at the auction after dinner.

But, despite lower attendance, Currie called the annual Chamber fundraiser a success.

“I thought it went fantastically,” she said. “People really enjoy it when they can eat and eat until they’re full.”

For many, the dinner wasn’t the only reason to come to Crabfest.

Craig resident Max Ciani was at Crabfest as a guest of his son, Michael Ciani. The father and son and their spouses were among the first to claim seats at the event.

“I think it’s great,” Max Ciani said afterward. “Everybody’s out with friends, and you get some good food.”

Max Ciani said that despite living in Craig for many years, this was his first Crabfest.

“I won’t miss no more,” he said.

Sherry Bird, who came as a guest of Cook Chevrolet, said she also enjoyed the fellowship at Crabfest.

“It’s one of the most fun events Craig offers,” she said.

For Cleve Preece, attending was also about supporting the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a good cause,” said Preece, who came to Crabfest with his wife, Carol, and friends Sarah and Kelly Hepworth. “It was excellent.”

After dinner, the Chamber held silent and live auctions, and comedian Huck Flyn performed. Currie said she had received good feedback on Flyn, who appeared at Crabfest 2006.

Currie said the Chamber wanted to thank everyone who helped make Crabfest 2008 a success, including Pat Roberts from The Boardroom, who donated time and equipment to cook the crab before and at the event, and all of the volunteers and people who bought a ticket.

“We’ll be back next year,” she said.