ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — If you like steamed crabs then you’ll want to head to Annapolis on Friday. It’s all you can eat at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Ron Matz reports more than 2,000 people are expected at the world’s largest crab feast, and it’s all for a good cause.

It’s time for the world’s largest crab feast courtesy of the Rotary Club of Annapolis.

“This is our 69th annual crab feast,” said David Lillefloren, Rotary crab feast chairman.

At the stadium, it’s serious eating. Thirty thousand steamed crabs, more than 3000 ears of Maryland corn, 100 gallons of crab soup and beef barbecue too.

“We have 350 bushels of crabs from shoreline coming in. We have about 1800 hot dogs. We have 150 pounds of barbecue, 3400 ears of Maryland sweet corn, hundreds of gallons of beverages. It’s just a great time for fellowship in the Annapolis community,” Lillefloren said.

“People have a great time. Come rain or shine, we’ll be out there serving crabs. We’re going to have all the crabs you can eat, all the refreshments you can drink. We’ll have over 2000 happy customers,” said Jim Campbell, assistant chair of Rotary crab feast.

All of the proceeds from the crab feast benefit local charities in Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County. Last year, more than $71,000 went to 38 non-profit organizations.

“Since the beginning of our crab feast we’ve raised over $1 million. All the proceeds go back to the community,” Lillefloren said.

“It’s incredible being part of the Annapolis Rotary and this event to raise money for non-profits. It helps so many people every year,” said Pam Urnowey, Rotary Club of Annapolis.

It’s a beautiful time to be in the state capitol.

“We have preferred dining. We have about 500 people in our area. It’s mostly companies who bring their employees or their clients. It’s a really nice thing. Everything in our area gets served to them. There are no lines,” Urnowey said.

The crustacean carnival is a Maryland tradition that helps others too.

“This is a premier event both for the Rotary Club of Annapolis and the Annapolis area. Each year for 69 years we’ve been hosting it. Well over two thousand people in the community come every year,” said Jim Campbell, assistant chairman.

The world’s largest crab feast begins at 5 o’clock Friday. Annapolis green, a local environmental group, helps compost all the crabs and other food and utensils.

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