2nd annual Irvington Crab Festival
by Audrey Thomasson
They’re having bushels of fun in Irvington this month when the Steamboat Era Museum once again serves up a crab pickin’, beer drinkin’, foot stompin’ great time. It’s the museum’s 2nd annual extravaganza—the all-you-can-eat Irvington Crab Festival.
|Crabs, crabs and more crabs hot out of the steamer and ready to serve.|
This year’s event will take place Saturday, July 27, under a big tent on the town commons in the heart of the village—come rain or shine. Gates open at 4 p.m., and crabs will begin flowing from the steam kettles to the tables at 5 p.m.
In the regional tradition, hot steamed crabs are dumped on the brown paper-covered tabletop, ready for you to start crackin’.
How many crabs do you think you can consume? Expect to find bushels and bushels of hard crabs, all from local waters.
Organizers are providing for more attendees this year, but it’s still a good idea to get your tickets early.
“We’re repeating what we did last year—only bigger,” said event chairman Frank Tetrick. “We want to accommodate people who hoped to get to the event last year and couldn’t get in. It will be a grand time.”
Although the event is family-friendly, pets are not allowed.
|The festival takes place on the Commons, next to the Steamboat Era Museum.|
The Steamboat Era Museum is a world-class museum and the pride of Irvington. It is the only one of its kind dedicated to preserving the legacy of the steamboat and depicting life as it was before automobiles and bridges—when the Chesapeake Bay was the highway for travelers.
Take time to visit the museum and be transported back to a romantic time full of adventure, splendor and prosperity captured through models, artifacts, photos, films and oral histories.