The Chesapeake Bay blue crab derby is annually always held on Labor Day weekend, the star of the show in Crisfield, Maryland. In this quaint and unique town on the Delmarva Peninsula, the Hard Crab Derby has taken place for 68 years.
The four-day event includes not only the hard crab derby race from which it gets its name, a Miss Crustacean pageant, a Miss Crab Claw contest, and crab-picking contest, but also the very popular crab-cooking contest. This brings out crab dishes that sate everyone’s palate.
The 2015 contest brought in 19 entries in three divisions: Soups/Salads, Main Dish/Crab Cakes, and Appetizers. Each division is awarded a first, second and third place, and then the grand prize award is selected from the three first-place winners. The judges always re-taste and possibly taste again before the final winner is chosen. And for the first time in many years, a crab cake entry was named the best in the contest.
Mary Schafer of Crisfield had captured the judges with h...
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