Democrats and crabs Saturday night in Pacific County

Gov. Jay Inslee will help headline the 88th Annual Crab Feed in Pacific County on Saturday.

Inslee will be joined by a who’s who of Democrats from all over the state, who typically go to what is believed to be the oldest, continuous Democratic political event in the state.

The crab feed will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. for the public to meet candidates, elected officials and fellow Democrats. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the cost is $30, payable in advance at or at the door. The event takes place at the Willapa Harbor Chamber Building, 916 W. 1st St. in South Bend.

Pacific County Democratic Chairwoman Karen Spackman says the event has always been a favorite for her and her family.

“I think what is really fun for a lot of people is the chance to interact with some of our elected officials and put faces on people you’ve not met before,” Spackman said. “My husband says, and I agree, that it’s the perfect chance to experience fiery rhetoric and the best crab on the coast.”

The crab will likely come fresh off the docks in Ilwaco, Spackman noted.

Besides the dinner, there will also be raffles, a silent auction and a live auction hosted by former Democratic state senator Craig Pridemore of Vancouver, who also served as the auctioneer during last year’s event.

“He was fantastic and we’re so happy he agreed to come back,” Spackman said.

The auction includes stays at local inns, a hand-forged coat rack and even a ride in the family canoe from the leader of the Chinook Nation.

Among other guests tentatively slated to be there are Congressman Derek Kilmer, State Auditor Troy Kelley, state Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond; and State Reps. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen; and Dean Takko, D-Longview.