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Eureka Crab Crawl Festival to be held next weekend

EUREKA- Organizers are making the final preparations for the first ever Eureka Crab Crawl Festival, and on Friday, a practice crab race was held.

The crab race will be one of the various attractions at next weekend's festival.  The Eureka Lodging Association is hosting the two-day event and organizers say the purpose is to attract more people to Eureka during the toursim off-season.  Organizers say the festival is also meant to highlight an industry that is an important part of the North Coast economy.

"The festival is not only fun, it's educational.  We have demonstrations on crab harvesting with a display of how crab pots are pulled from the water and there's a tour through Wild Planet's processing facility, as well as HSU will be here with educational facts about crabs and the industry," said Amanda Kruschke, the Assistant Director of Eureka Main Street.

The Crab Crawl Festival will be held on February 6 and 7 in Downtown and Old Town Eureka.  The festival starts at 5 p.m. on February 6 and the crab race will be held on February 7 at noon.  People can enter their own crabs in the race.