LONG BEACH — More than 1,250 pounds of Dungeness crab were served Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Ilwaco Sports Boosters crab feed at the Long Beach Elks Lodge, a locally famous annual fundraiser for Ilwaco High School athletics.
“It’s our biggest event,” volunteer Butch Smith said in between serving drinks. “It’s huge.”
Smith has participated in the fundraiser since 2000, when his kids entered eighth grade. At $18 per ticket, the money raised will provide several $500 college scholarships, new sports equipment and cover extra expenses incurred when teams travel for competition.
While crab was the main course, guests also had homemade coleslaw and garlic bread as sides. Several Ilwaco students helped prepare, serve and clean up the meal. Many in attendance were locals, but some came from as far as Vancouver for their first taste of fresh crab of the 2018 season, generously donated by local fishermen.
“The crab comes from local crabbers and processors who just started fishing,” Smith said. “For them to donate (and not have any income) is a huge contribution and a credit to their involvement and dedication to the community. It’s a huge community effort.”