Crab races, feed and derby this weekend

It’s the time of year for Westport’s annual crab races, crab feed and crab derby this Saturday and Sunday.

Contestants can take their chances in the two-day crab derby. Westport’s Washington Dungeness Crab Fishermen’s Association donated and seeded the Marina with ocean size crabs. The derby begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and continues through Sunday at 3 p.m. The entry fee is $5 for both days. There are lots of prizes, including a $500 grand prize. A local cannery has offered to cook crabs for free.

Members of the Crab Fishermen’s Association will be on hand throughout the marina and the big tent to share history and information about their industry. Local crab pot knitters will demonstrate their craft and the Coast Guard will conduct boating safety seminars.

They’re off to the races in the big tent April 20.

Crab race registration begins at 11 a.m. with the races beginning promptly at 1 p.m. Participation costs $3.

The crab feed also takes place April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a whole crab for $17 or a half crab for $12, with a salad, baked beans, garlic bread and a beverage. Hot dogs, shrimp cocktails, beer and wine are available for purchase separately.

Attendees can also visit the community tent sale, which is a new event this year. The sale will take place April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce at 360-268-9422.