IRVINGTON—Despite uncertain weather, more then 500 people came out Saturday to eat steamed crabs under the big top on Irvington Commons.
The sixth annual Irvington Crab Festival sponsored by the Steamboat Era Museum was a big success, said executive director Barbara Brecher. The crab festival is the largest fundraising event for the museum.
Because of the threat of thunderstorms the Legacy Band didn’t play, but they provided a DJ with wonderful background music, said Brecher. In addition to crabs, attendees ate hot dogs and barbecue donated by the Tides Inn. Festival beer cups were provided by Chesapeake Bank and crab mallets by Virginia Commonwealth Bank.
A silent auction was an added attraction with donations from Burkes Fine Jewelers, the Tides Inn, Hope and Glory Inn, King Carter Golf Club, Prime Cut Crafts, Jan Dobrowolski, Barbara Brecher and Michael Geissinger, Randy and Carolyn Graham, Robert Fleet and the museum.
Candee and Fred Pevahouse co-chaired the event. Members of the festival committee included Cay Bradley, Donna Tibbs and Barbara Baxter who coordinated and recruited more then 65 volunteers, worked hard to make this event a success.
Youth volunteers from Irvington Baptist Church and the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck helped serve crabs, said Brecher. Members of the board as well as other volunteers helped with event set-up and clean-up.
Sponsors included 101.7 Bay FM and 104.9 WIGO Country, Bay Auto Service, Brecher Design Group, Chesapeake Bank, Creative DeSIGNS, Dog & Oyster Vineyard, Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Ginn, Hubbard Terry & Britt P.C., Jimmy & Sook, MetroCast, Northern Neck Insurance, Objects, Rappahannock Record, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, The Dandelion, Tides Inn, Town of Irvington, Trick Dog Bar & Bistro, Tri-Star, and Virginia Commonwealth Bank.
The steamed hot #1 Jimmies were provided by Crabs Express.