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Winter Carnival Crab Crack preps for big crowd Saturday

Jan 31, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A new addition to this weekend's 11th Annual Crab Crack event aligns with the Wild West Winter Carnival theme for 2014: "Snuggling in the Snow."

Local quilters have donated homemade, winter-themed blankets to be sold during a silent auction at the meal, which is scheduled for 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Margaret's gym, 609 E. Park Ave. in Riverton.

Organizer Jerry Kintzler said the auction will replace the Quick Draw that usually takes place in conjunction with the Crab Crack. This year, artists instead will participate in the timed Quick Draw event at 6 p.m. Friday at the Riverton Elks Lodge, 207 E. Main St.

Quarter ton of crab

Jonathan Faubion, a past king of the WWWC, said organizers are bringing in more than 550 pounds of snow crab for this weekend's event.

"We won't run out," Kintzler said. "If you want to come and have fun and have a taste of good crab, bring your pincers and show up."

In addition, more than 100 pounds of "top of the line" king crab will be available for people who purchased special tables that come with drinks and wait service.

"The Crab Crack is buffet style, (but at) the actual spotlight tables we have people serve them directly," Faubion said. "Then they actually get a few other perks to go along with it. ... We wine and dine the people (who) want to have a top-class experience and spend a little more money."

Proceeds to scholarships

The tables are auctioned off during each year's event.

Faubion said members of the Riverton Rotary club will work with local professionals from The Caterers to prepare the shipment of crab before the meal.

"It's frozen and pre-cooked, but you still have to heat it back up," Faubion said. "We do that right there on site ... as people come in."

Tickets cost $35 in advance or $45 at the door; proceeds go toward local Rotary scholarships and community service projects.

"It's for a really good cause," Faubion said. "It's a win-win, unless you're allergic to fish."

Kintzler invited anyone with food allergies to bring their own meal and join in the festivities.

"Or if kids aren't going to eat crab, pick up their meal at (a fast food place) and bring it in," he said. "That way they can come as a family. We want it to be a family affair."

He pointed out that the meal includes "all the trimmings," like potatoes, vegetables, rolls and desserts. A Creole shrimp dish is usually part of the menu, too.

"People in some cases gravitate toward that almost as much or more than the crab," Faubion said.

Winter corn on the cob

Attendees also look forward to the corn on the cob that is traditionally served at the Crab Crack.

"In the middle of winter people like that," Faubion said. "They haven't gotten to have it for a while. We bring in some unique things that people maybe don't get to have in Wyoming, especially not this time of year."

Kintzler invited people to buy discounted tickets through Saturday afternoon at his store, 409 E. Main St.

For more information, call 856-4444.

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