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Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge

Published: July 24, 2014

The 2014 Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge will be held at the Virginia Beach oceanfront at 30th Street Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hermit crabs participate in qualifying heats before heading on to the Crustacean 500, where the winner is awarded the Order of the Mercury Claw trophy.

Competing crabs are placed in the center of a specially-designed circular track the track and at the sound of the starting horn, crabs scurry to the track's outer ring. Whichever claw crosses the finish line around the perimeter first wins.

In addition to the Crustacean 500 race, participants may also enter the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant. Hermit crab owners are encouraged to build a uniquely-decorated display/habitat for their crabs. Contestants are judged on beauty and creativity. Past winners include Spider Crab, Hermit the Hulk, Beauty and the Crab, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Special trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as special recognition for Aside from 1st, the Friendliest Crab, Biggest Crab, Shyest Crab, Most Unique Crab Display, Prettiest Crab Shell, Most Athletic Crab, and Most Traveled Crab.

Approximately 300 hermit crabs participate in the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge each year, many traveling from out of state to join the fun.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and all participants must be registered by noon in order to race.

There are no fees for enter the challenge and the event is free and open to the public. All participants receive a participation medal.

Virginia Beach's Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge has made TripAdvisor.com Wackiest Summer Events in America list as well as the New York Daily News list of the 10 Wackiest Festivals in the World.

For more information, visit BeachStreetUSA.com.

source: City of Virginia Beach