Garibaldi Crab Races
March 12 & 13, 2022 from 11-5pm
Updated 2022-01-27: After two years away, the Crab Races have RETURNED. Here’s the Tillamook Headlight Herald Fenceposts piece from Lions Club President Judy Riggs, announcing the event.
Below shows a brief history of the struggle to get the event back up and run…racing.
UPDATED 3/12/20: The races have been cancelled but whole cooked crab and merchandise will be available for purchase at the venue on Saturday the 14th from 11-5pm. Sunday is cancelled completely.
More information can be found on the event here.
The Garibaldi Crab Races, held the second weekend in March at the Old Mill, are a small town tradition not to be missed. Where else can you see otherwise “normal” human beings yell, bang their hands on inclined wooden race lanes, and even attempt to use “psychic powers” to urge their sideways-crawling Dungeness crabs to cross the finish line first? The human “jockey’s” aren’t allowed to touch the racers but bribery, sweet talking and yelling are encouraged!
2020 marks the 35th anniversary of these legendary races where individual teams came from all over the country to compete with locals. Winners – the two-legged ones, anyway – earn prizes. And the crabs, well, they may be found in some of the specialty dishes served up for the crowds who come just to eat, drink local brews and wine, and have fun watching this hilarious spectacle.
Proceeds from admission charges; sales of food, drink, T-shirts and other souvenirs and fees to enter crabs in the races, go to the Lions Club. The organization uses the money to help local residents in need obtain glasses, hearing aids and help getting to medical appointments, as well as Lions Club International charitable causes.
Check out the 2019 Crab Race Video below!