NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Calling all seafood lovers: the 35th annual Charleston Crab Feed is Saturday at the North Bend Community Center.
The crab feed is a fundraiser to benefit the community.
According to the Visitor and Convention Bureau, the prices range from $16 for a half crab meal and $20 for full. The dinners are served with side dishes, rolls and beverages.
In a press release, the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission said:
The Oregon Dungeness Commercial Crab fishery is made up of men and women from coastal towns like Charleston, who care about good food and good crabbing,” says Tim Novotny, Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, “The Charleston fleet is proud to contribute to its community in a variety of ways. Last year, they did so in the biggest of ways, by helping to bring in over $16 million dollars to the local economy through the Oregon Dungeness crab fishery. They also love to see people flock to events like this, because it helps to draw people to the restaurants and storefronts around Charleston – contributing even more to the local economy – while also enjoying the fruits of their hard work at the same time. Some come on down and have some fun in Charleston! We know you can’t help but crack a smile when you crack into our locally caught Oregon Dungeness crab.
Janice Langlinais, executive director of the Visitor and Convention Bureau, said the proceeds help run the visitor information center in Charleston.
"That center is open from May through September during the height of our visitor season. The important thing about the crab feed is that we are celebrating one of our major crops - the dungeness crab," Langlinais said.
The funds help with managing the building and funding volunteer activities in the volunteer-run center.
She said the Charleston center sees about six thousand guests in the summer.
Raffle prizes and a fashion show will also be featured Saturday.
The event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway Ave. in North Bend.