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41st Annual West Point Crab Carnival


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Photo Credit: Eugene Campbell

Thank you to the West Point Chamber of Commerce for bringing alllll the fun to downtown West Point October 6th and 7th!


From the Tour de Crab bike race, to Sweet Justice at Town Park, Friday's fireworks, fresh crabs, the parade, an awesome variety of vendors, the Kid Zone, and much, much more, it was a wonderful weekend in West Point. We hope our residents and guests enjoyed your time at the 41st Annual West Point Crab Carnival and we hope to see you back for our 42nd Annual event—October 4th and 5th, 2024!


Check out this great article from our friends at the Tidewater Review:


Crazy for Crabs: 41st annual Crab Carnival draws huge crowd

WEST POINT — The early morning rain Saturday didn’t put a damper on the 41st West Point Crab Carnival, which drew thousands to the annual event.


The Crab Carnival is considered by the West Point Chamber of Commerce as one of Virginia’s most popular and longest-running fall festivals and “a joyous celebration of the Town of West Point’s history.”


Although Saturday morning started off with a steady drizzle, the sun eventually came out just in time for the 1 p.m. parade.


“Despite the rainy start we had a very successful event,” said Brenton J. Bohannon, president of the West Point Chamber of Commerce.


Grand marshals Maureen Bristow Medlin and Lori Nein, both of Citizens & Farmers Bank and the West Point Chamber, started off the parade down a rain-dampened Main Street, which was lined with people.

grand marshals leading a parade with kids in crab costumes
Photo Credit: Town of West Point

The marshals were followed by local high school bands and color guards, cheer and dance teams, a Jeep club, classic cars, local fire department vehicles and trucking companies, among others.


Aside from the parade, Crab Carnival guests enjoyed visiting over 150 vendor booths, including those selling steamed and softshell crabs and crab cakes. Nineteen bushels of crabs were sold, selling out by 4:30 p.m.


Organizers said attendance was substantially higher than in past years. One vendor, Kordelia’s Lemonade Stand, said on social media that Saturday marked Kordelia’s most successful stand ever. The Gloucester County girl raises money by selling lemonade and other items, such as tumblers, in order to buy gift cards to hand out to first responders.


A kids’ area was packed with children getting their faces painted, bouncing in the bounce house and playing games.


Entertainment was provided by gospel, blues, folk rock and soul musician, singer and songwriter Junior Wilson and country singer Luke Bobbitt.


The popular Tour de Crab Kids bike race, live music from classic rock band Sweet Justice and fireworks were held Friday night.

Four band members on stage at night
Photo Credit: Town of West Point

Bohannon, who credited a team of volunteers who worked to keep everything running smoothly, said the event raised enough money to continue supporting the chamber’s educational and future marketing endeavors.


“It was wonderful,” commented resident Patricia Lang-Harrell on the town’s Facebook page. “Sweet Justice did an awesome job … and the fireworks were beautiful.” - Amy Jo Martin, Reporter


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For a full album of photos, visit facebook.com/townofwestpointva or the town's Flickr account: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAYhBA.


Photos courtesy Town of West Point, Eugene Campbell, the West Point Combined PTO, Earl Heidelberg, and The West Point Police Department


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