Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast: What you need to know

Danielle Ohl
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Before the cracking, clawing and slurping begin, there are a few things you need to know about the 73rd annual Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast, taking place Friday.

The feast is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Said to be the largest crab feast in the world, it will accommodate some 2,500 people. General admission tickets cost $65 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-12. Advance sales end noon Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate beginning at 4 p.m. for $75 per adult and $25 per child.

Preferred dining is also available for $130 in advance and at the gate. With this option, patrons can use a private entrance, secure a place in one of the preferred dining tents and order food from wait staff. Preferred dining feasters can also order wine and take keepsake photos at a photo booth.

With a ticket purchase, attendees get all-you-can-eat crabs, crab soup, corn-on-the-cob, beef barbecue and more. Baked goods are also available. By the end of it all, attendees will have chowed down 350 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 150 pounds of beef barbecue and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer, according to the Annapolis Rotary.

The downpours of recent days will not stop the event. It is rain or shine, and most of the seating areas are protected from rainy weather.

Parking in the stadium lot is free.

The feast is largely waste free — much of the trash generated will be composted. Therefore, no outside containers or coolers are allowed.

Funds raised go to local charities. Since 1946, the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast has raised $1.5 million.

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