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Annual West Point Crab Carnival begins Friday


As a result of the state of emergency called by Governor Terry McAuliffe and the major flooding expected in the immediate area where Crab Carnival is held, the Town of West Point and the West Point/Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce regret to announce that the 2015 Crab Carnival is cancelled. We feel this is in the best interest of protecting the safety and welfare of our vendors, volunteers, visitors, and town’s people. This event will not be rescheduled for 2015. Confirmed vendors/participants will receive an email with further information.

T-shirts are available for purchase at West Point Pharmacy and C&F 14th Street. They are also available at the Chamber office, Tues.-Thur. from 9:00-2:00.

On Friday evening, October 2, and all day Saturday, October 3, the annual Crab Carnival will be held in downtown West Point.

The West Point/Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce sponsors this fun-filled weekend each year, welcoming 15,000 to 20,000 visitors in celebration of the great Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab with lots of music, food, and entertainment for the whole family. 

The fun begins on Friday with EMS/fire vehicles on display at 2 p.m. on Main Street, followed by the children’s bike race at 5 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a variety of food and beverage vendors available for your enjoyment. At 7 p.m. the Fireman’s Parade celebrates first-responders.

The evening is capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over the Mattaponi River.

Saturday’s activities start at 10 a.m. as local, regional, and national artists and craftsmen line the streets to display and sell their creations. Food, beer, and crab confections are plentiful up and down Main Street. 

Carnival rides and games will begin at 10 a.m. Don’t miss the crab races sponsored by the West Point Volunteer Fire Department. There will be several bands performing throughout the day in the Town Square. The Crab Carnival Parade will be at 1 p.m. and festivities will end at 6 p.m. Unique Crab Carnival t-shirts will be on sale.

The West Point/Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce Crab Carnival is a fundraiser event for the benefit of the West Point community.

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posted 09.30.2015

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