Friday, August 3, 2007

Crab Feast

The annual world's largest crab feast was held today at the Naval Academy Stadium, sponsored of course by the Rotary Club Of Annapolis. AP arrived 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to the 5 p.m start time, securing the 5th position in line. But, by the time all was said and done, myself and 2 of my cohorts were not quite in such an advanced position.

If you have not attended this event, it is worthwhile. For $50, you can get all-you-can-eat crabs, corn, soup, hot dogs, bourbon beef, and pulled pork. Also all you can-drink-beer. This year's crabs were a little small for my money...we are promised #1's, and some were barely legal if at all.

(For the international readers of this blog, #2 crabs (at least 5 inches in length from point to point) are the smallest crabs allowed to be caught, by law. #1's are the next size up. AP usually eats only monster crabs, which he frugally gets for $60 per dozen.)

Here is the top 10 list of things you will see at the Rotary Crab Feast, presented in reverse order for added drama:

10. A dunk tank.
9. 3000 people from all walks of life.
8. Fake Old Bay! (Boo!)
7. In a non-election year, 1 out of 10 people eating crabs will want your money or your vote.
6. In an election year, these people don't even stop to eat, they are too busy asking for your vote and your money.
5. People complaining about heat. Or rain. Or wind.
4. Every type of cookie you can think of....
3. But hurry, the Rice Krispie treats go quick!
2. Gambling for cakes. Weird.
1. Crabs!

Now, for some photo journalism from this year's feast:

Our spot in line.

The line.

The next generation of Hammonds in Annapolis.

The eating.

Hope to see you next year!