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Westport, WA's 27th annual crab festival is a success

Mayor Michael Bruce serves up fresh crab.
Mayor Michael Bruce serves up fresh crab.
Paige Harlow

The crabbing industry has always played an important role in the economy of Westport, Washington. From the early 20th century, when the crab industry was doing well and you could buy an already cooked one for less than fifteen cents, to the modern day when tourism is becoming a major industry in the area but crabs remain an important symbol of the area's heritage and culture. The annual Westport crab fest is a local favorite and tourist draw. This year marked the 27th annual event which was held on April 18th, 2014. Heavy downpours didn't put a damper on the festivities (even if it did cause some leaking between the event tents). From crab races to crab feasts, the event went off without a hitch and brought the community together for laughs and good eats.