St. Mary’s County Crab Festival – June 11

Ah, the scent of Old Bay mixed with steamed blue crabs – that’s the smell of a Maryland summer.
Expect to find plenty of steamed crabs, crab soups, crab cakes and other seafood dishes available to purchase at the St. Mary’s County Crab Festival hosted by the Leonardtown Lions Club from 11am-4pm June 11. Celebrate Southern Maryland’s crab culture and cooking. Other treats to be enjoyed at the festival include kettle corn, snow cones, hand-pressed lemonade and ice cream.
Find that special handmade gift or an item with “crabby” charm to take home while supporting local artisans at the craft show, offering everything from jewelry to Christmas ornaments and everything in between.
Enjoy local entertainment, a classic car show and live music throughout the day. Create new summer memories with friends and family. Bring out-of-town guests along to taste Maryland cuisine at it best. The festival is also pet-friendly; dogs must be on a leash.
There will be community education exhibits and lots of hands-on activities for kids, including a petting zoo.
If you want to show off your crab-picking skills, here’s your chance. Sign up for the crab-picking contest and you might take home a trophy. Competitors pick as much meat as they can in four minutes from six crabs. Judges weigh the meat to determine the winner and then, win or lose, the competitors munch on their efforts.
The Leonardtown Lions Club has been sponsoring the festival for decades. The club uses the proceeds to give back to several local charitable organizations, including Lions’ service programs such as leader dogs, vision and hearing support, and free vision screenings.
The crab fest will be held rain or shine at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds at 42455 Fairgrounds Road in Leonardtown. Gate admission is $7 per person, free for those 11 and younger. Prices for food and beverages vary and are determined by the vendors.
Go to e-clubhouse.org/sites/leonardtownmd/ for more information.

— Felicia Mumbert