It’s a Labor Day tradition in Crisfield, Maryland…. the National Hard Crab Derby. Started in 1947 by Crisfield Times editor Egbert L. Quinn, the Derby is a celebration of Crisfield’s reputation as “Seafood Capital of the World.” Some of the events at this year’s Derby include the Miss Crustacean Pageant, a 10k Run/Walk, a crab cooking contest, and boat docking competition. Of course, the main event is the Derby itself, where 400 blue crabs compete for top prize.
Now, you can get a taste of the action without leaving home. Digital Maryland has just published the Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby collection, in partnership with Somerset County Library. The collection includes programs highlighting the history, culture, and activities surrounding the event. The collection is owned by the Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce.