Freshly cooked Dungeness crab will jockey for the spotlight with handcrafted wooden boats, cascading rubber duckies and genuine pirate treasure when the Depoe Bay Crab Feed and Classic Wooden Boat Show returns for its 24th year this weekend.
Thousands of pounds of delicious whole Dungeness crab will be cooked to perfection in front of Depoe Bay’s Community Hall at 220 SE Bay Street. Complete Dungeness crab meals include coleslaw, dinner roll and beverage, served up from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, April 13, and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 14.
The price of a whole Dungeness crab meal will be $25, with a half crab going for $15. Hot dogs and baked goods will also be sold at the nearby Kids Zone table.
Indoor and outdoor dining will be available, with a selection of thirst-quenching brews in the beer garden courtesy of the Depoe Bay Brewing Company.
The boat show will feature dozens of exhibits, including hand-crafted vessels both vintage and modern from across the Northwest. Always a favorite of the show is the model boat building booth, which provides guests young and old the opportunity to build their own boat to take home. The boat show and the model boat building demonstration are free.
At 2 pm on Sunday, the Ducky Derby will see hundreds of colorful bathtub ducks released the world’s smallest harbor. More than 75 prizes are up for grabs, including clothing, restaurant gift certificates and more, all donated by local merchants. Only 300 tickets will be sold, available during the event and in advance from the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce.
One very special prize up for grabs in the Ducky Derby is an authentic 1783 silver “piece of eight” Spanish coin recovered from the wreck of the treasure ship El Cazador, which sank in the Gulf of Mexico while on its way to New Orleans.
Depoe Bay’s US Coast Guard station will open its doors for tours of its patrol and rescue boats, while the Whale Watching Center will have rangers on hand to help people of all ages spot Gray whales.
For more information, go to the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce website at www.Depoebaychamber.org or call 541-765-2889.