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12th annual Crab and Seafood Festival starts today

October 11th, 2013 - 6:27am

(Port Angeles) –- It's been called one of the Top 100 events in North America and it begins today in Port Angeles.

Thousands of people are expected for the 12th annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival -- a celebration of the region’s diverse bounty.

It happens rain or shine under the cover of the big top tent at the Red Lion Hotel and the Port Angeles City Pier.

Russ Veenema of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce says the CrabFest was one of the first of the so-called “shoulder season” events on the North Olympic Peninsula.

A number of local restaurants will be providing food and beverages.

Admission to the event is free.

This year’s dinner of crab, fresh corn and cole slaw will be 29 dollars, with a five dollar discount today from 4 until 9 p.m.

A half-crab dinner will be available for 15 dollars.

The event also includes cooking demonstrations, juried crafts, music and family activities, including a 5-K run.

Veenema says the ferry M-V Coho is sold out for the first Saturday morning run with more than one-thousand visitors expected from Victoria B.C.

The “Galloping Gourmet” Graham Kerr is returns to Crabfest on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Graham will participate in the welcome and blessing at 10:30 a.m. at the Gateway Center Cooking Stage.

At 2:30 p.m. Graham will prepare his own special crab cakes, deliver a talk about food and life, and will be available for book-signing.

Then on Sunday afternoon from 1 until 3, Graham will be the judge for the first-ever Captain Joseph House Chowder Cook-off.

A popular festival event is the Grab-A-Crab Derby.

You can catch crab from large holding tanks donated by High Tide Seafood on the city pier using crab snares and bait.

A 5-dollar entry will allow you to crab for 10 minutes.

No license or gear is required.

If you catch a tagged crab, you get to keep your crab to take home!

More information of the activities is available online at www.crabfest.org

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