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This collection highlights programs from the Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby held every Labor Day weekend in Crisfield, Maryland since 1947.

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Collection Location: Somerset County Library

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This collection of programs provides a glimpse into the history, culture, and activities surrounding the Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby held every Labor Day weekend in Crisfield, Maryland, "Seafood Capital of the World".

Originating in 1947 by the Crisfield Times editor, Egbert L. Quinn, the National Hard Crab Derby came into existence from an idea Mr. Quinn had to celebrate, remember and honor the rich crabbing history Crisfield has on Labor Day weekend. The Crab Derby has endured many changes in the years since it was first started, which include change of locations, and events. The key staple of the Crab derby happens on Saturday with the parade down Main Street followed by the crab race and crab picking contests. "The derby", as it is affectionately known to the Crisfield locals, is a homecoming that marks the return of many former Crisfielders to celebrate the holiday.

 

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