They call it "the world's largest crab feast" -- 2,500 people are expected to attend and finish off 478 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 130 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbecue, and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer.
It's the 47th Annual Rotary Crab Feast. The fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Annapolis will be held Friday, from 5-8 p.m. at the Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
The feast is all-you-can-eat and drink includes large and #1 male crabs, plus Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbecue sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, draft beer, and assorted sodas and water. Also, national and regional Watermelon Queens, joined by Maryland and Delaware watermelon farmers, will slice and distribute luscious Maryland watermelon to the crowd.
The event will be held rain or shine, as most of the tables are protected from the weather. Parking for the crab feast at the stadium is free. No containers, drinks, backpacks, large bags, coolers or similar items will be allowed into the event.
Last year's crab feast is contributing more than $70,000 directly to local charities and non-profit groups. More than $1 million has been awarded since the first Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast in 1946.
Tickets for the Rotary Crab Feast are $60 for adults, $20 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children under age 3. Preferred Dining ("Reserved VIP Dining" on the ticket website) is $120 per person.