NEHALEM BAY - Crabbers of all ages and abilities will be vying for tagged Dungeness crabs worth cash and prizes at the fourth annual Jetty Fishery/Nehalem Bay Crab Derby Benefit Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12. Two of the crabs are worth $1,000, and one lucky crabber will win a no-incision vasectomy, donated by one of the event's beneficiaries, the Rinehart Clinic.
Event proceeds will go to the clinic, which provides affordable healthcare to North Tillamook County residents and visitors, as well as the Wildlife Rehab Center of the North Coast, a nonprofit organization that cares for injured and displaced coastal wildlife.
Each morning before the Derby begins, event staffers will release 26 tagged crabs into the Nehalem Bay, corresponding to thousands of dollars in prizes ranging from gift certificates to coastal hotels to the vasectomy and the $1,000 crabs. No experience is necessary, as staffers will be on hand for instruction. Participants are free to bring their own gear or rent from the Jetty.
Throughout the weekend, more than 50 vendor booths will offer arts and craft items, entertainment, fresh food, wine tasting by local vintner Nehalem Bay Winery, a beer garden, face painting and ice-cold beer from Portland's Pyramid Ale & Mactarnahan's Brewery. The 56-foot commerical crabber/trawler Miss Mary will be at the Crab Derby this year, selling fresh seafood delicacies. For more information, go to www.jettyfishery.com
Reservations for taking part in the Crab Derby are not required, but recommended by calling The Jetty Fishery at (503) 368-5746.