The 51st annual Kodiak
Crab Festival kicks off this week, featuring an extensive lineup of events and
activities spread over five days.
In addition to the usual assortment
of booths, featuring a variety of foods, as well as groups and businesses
peddling information and selling their wares, there are also carnival rides and
special events planned throughout the weekend. Pam Foreman of the Kodiak
Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the festival, said there will be some
differences between this year's event and those of previous years.
information about Crab Fest and a complete schedule of events, visit the Chamber's website.
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said the parade will be held on Saturday and will follow the usual route along Mill Bay Road,
starting at the intersection of Mill
Bay and Powell Avenue at 9
a.m. and culminating at Bartel
Avenue. Noting that Crab Fest began in 1958, a
year before Alaska
statehood, Foreman said this year's parade has a not-so-surprising special theme.
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another Crab Fest event intended to celebrate statehood, this one sponsored by
the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska
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Crab Festival 2009 begins Thursday and runs through Memorial Day and promises
fun for the entire family. Saturday and Sunday are the festival's busiest days
for special events. The parade, a survival suit race, a kayak race and more will
take place Saturday. A Pasagshak to Kodiak bike ride, a full marathon from Silver Beach
to Marine Way
and a Pillar Mountain race all happen Sunday. Also on
Sunday is the "Wild About Kodiak Seafood Cook-Off 2009," which takes
place at the new Kodiak
Center. Those interested in signing up for the
cook-off can pick up a form at the Chamber through Thursday.