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An image from last year's crab race. (Courtesy Jennifer Austin)
An image from last year’s crab race. (Courtesy Jennifer Austin)

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill is preparing to celebrate the silver anniversary of the annual Crab Race for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

In the past 15 years the restaurant has raised more than $16,000 for CBF, an organization dedicated to preserving the Chesapeake Bay.

The Crab Race began when owner Tom Austin attended the National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield, Maryland.

Inspired by the fun atmosphere of the event and the potential to raise money for a good cause, Austin decided to host a crab race of his own at Berret’s.

Individuals can bring their own crab or purchase one at the restaurant to participate in the race. The entrance fee is $10 for individuals, $25 for families and $50 for corporations, professionals and organizations.

It is not just about having the fastest crab, though. The “owners” of the cutest crab and the crab with the best name will also take home prizes.

Live music and face-painting will also enhance the fun atmosphere.

The 25th annual crab race will kick off at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Berret’s. The event is rain or shine and interested parties can register by calling 757-253-1847 or just by showing up on the day of the event.