greeted the crowds at the 50th annual Kodiak Crab Festival, which
opened today at noon. KMXT’s Casey Kelly was there and has this
report. (Photo by
ago, the City of Kodiak proclaimed itself the King Crab Capitol of the World
and started holding the Crab Festival on Memorial Day weekend. While you’d be
hard pressed to find any king crab in Kodiak waters these days, the festival
opening day lines were 20 to 30 people deep at some of the booths, including
the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event and sells the
official Crab Festival clothing items. Pam Foreman is the chamber’s community
1 :15s “…everybody’s having a good time.”)
Besides an assortment of booths
featuring all kinds of food, there are non-profit groups peddling information,
and businesses selling their wares. There’s also carnival rides, and special
events planned throughout the weekend. Foreman says this year’s festival is
slightly larger than last year’s.
(Foreman 2 :13s “…so many rides into that boat.”)
Tim Baker came from Fairbanks to
work the Guardian Flight booth. Like many people on the first day of the
festival, he commented on the unusual appearance of the sun.
(Baker 1 :02s “…Is
Guardian provides medevac services
all over Alaska, and Baker says the company is exploring putting an aircraft in
(Baker 2 :10s “…a
75 dollar a year fee.”)
Ann Barker says she’s been to
nearly every Crab Festival since 1958, and there’s one good reason to come back
year after year.
(Barker 1 :16s “…what
haven’t I tried yet?”)
Barker, who came to opening day
with her husband and son, says it’s a fun way to kick off summer in Kodiak, and
she also mentioned how nice the sun was.
(Barker 2 :10s “…it’s
a wonderful day.”)
The Crab Festival will last through
Memorial Day. Saturday is the biggest day for special events with a parade
planned for Mill Bay Road, survival suit races at the St. Paul Harbor, a
marathon, the Chiniak to Kodiak bike relay and more.
I’m Casey Kelly.