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Friday, 23 July 2010
37TH ANNUAL HERMIT CRAB BEAUTY PAGEANT PLUS RACES, WED., AUGUST 4TH IN OCEAN CITY
It is truly a clawsome event! A fascinating array of Hermit Crab hopefuls will compete for the title of Miss Crustacean 1 p.m., Wed., Aug. 4 at the 6th St. Beach. They will follow in the claw steps of such glamorous past title holders as Crabunzel, Crabahontis, Crabopatra, Crab Mc Muffin, Taxi Crab, Copacrabana, Crab Salad and Pirates of the Crabibbean.
The winner captures the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup, a large trophy with a cucumber stuck inside. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of groceries for a hermit crab if supplemented with tree bark and pizza crust for fiber.
In addition, the victor gets to waddle down a flower bedecked runway as adoring throngs sing the Pageant’s theme song, Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean. They will be led by Shelly, the mermaid, aka soprano Suzanne Muldowney accompanied by Elvis performer, Ted Prior.
The world’s showcase for decorated hermit crabs displayed on colorful backdrops, Miss Crustacean has been a question on Jeopardy, been named one of the nation’s ten most unusual events by U.S. News and World Report, been translated into Japanese and German and featured on the Spanish World Wide Television Network, in the London Sunday Times, on London TV, in the Wall Street Journal as well as media throughout the United States and the world.
The pageant is followed by the rollicking Hermit Crab Races with about 150 Crabathletes plodding and clunking over an 8 ft. plywood oval. A bugler sounds the call at the starting gate (a plastic cake dish cover) before each heat. Heat winners compete in the championship run-off. The winner is declared “the King of Klutz” and receives a plaque that says so from Harry da Horse, aka Ron Mac Closkey, also a professional comedian.
The popular, youth rock band 1-2-3 Draw will provide the atmospheric music that the event so richly deserves.
The world’s record of 6.3 seconds was set 34 years ago by Hermie, who has since departed to that Great Hermit Tree Crab Sandbar in the Sky. His record remains as an inspiration to all crab racers that wish to be inspired. The event is sanctioned by NASCRAB, the National Association of Crab Activities at the beach. Officials will be on hand to check the Crustaceans for searoids.
NOTE: Hermit crabs are not indigenous to this area and should not be left on the beaches to fend for themselves. They cannot survive the winter outdoors here. Owners who do not wish to keep their crabs after the event should give them to NASCRAB officials who will provide a home. Information on how to care for hermit crabs will be distributed at the contests.