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More than 700 people attended last year's Crab Fest sponsored by the Greater Albany Rotary Club. This year's fundraising feast will be held Saturday at Calapooia Brewing. 

Although the Greater Albany Rotary Club’s Crab Fest is in its 18th year, there’s always something new on the menu, and this Saturday’s fundraising feast will be no different.

Rotarian Brian Oare said steamed oysters on the half-shell will be available for $2 each and he expects them to sell quickly.

“We have a club member who came here from the coast,” he said. “We had wanted to try this last year, but we didn’t have enough time to get it done.”

A test run of Mo’s famous clam chowder last year proved so popular, according to Oare, that it's back on the menu in greater quantities.

“We only had a little bit last year to test it and it ran out in less than an hour,” he said. “We have about 50 gallons this year.”

Oare also said he's picking up more than 1,300 pounds of crab Friday afternoon at Fisherman’s Market in Eugene.

“They clean them, boil them and then flash-freeze them,” he said. “We serve them cold.”

As a crabbers strike off the coast ended soon enough, the club got a good price of $4.70 per pound.

“We’ll have plenty of crab and lots of other food for folks who might not like crab meat,” Oare said. “There will be salads, cookies, cakes and of course Mo’s chowder and we’re going to have pulled pork again. No one should go away hungry.”

Beer and wine will be available, as will vegetarian entrées.

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Musical entertainment will be provided by The Bush Pilots, the Albany German Band and Southern Crossing.

Oare said the Crab Fest is an important fundraiser for the club. This year’s presenting sponsor is Boshart Trucking.

Oare said the event attracts between 700 and 750 people each year.

“We really hope to top 750 this year,” Oare said. “The extra money really helps fund projects. Last year we used extra money to send two more high school students to leadership camp.”

Funds are also used to support Fish, children’s performing arts, the Albany Public Schools Foundation, the high school student of the month program, local school scholarships, student foreign exchange programs and more.

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Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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