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BANDON — The Bandon Chamber of Commerce presents the second-annual Bandon Crab Fest on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 in the Old Town Marketplace building, 250 First St. SW on the Bandon waterfront.

The event is sold out for Feb. 22 but tickets are still available for Feb. 23.

Tickets are $45 each for a whole crab meal that includes cheese appetizers, chowder, pasta salad, roll, non-alcoholic beverage and dessert, along with live music and dancing. For those with shellfish allergies, a prime rib dinner will be offered for $50. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. There also will be hot-dog meals and activities for children.

The Bandon Crab Fest was created as a means to be a "rotating fundraiser." Last year, 400 people attended. The proceeds from the pilot year resulted in a $7,500 donation to the Bandon Historical Society Museum, with an additional $500 going to the Bandon High School Cheer Team and $500 to Leading Adventures For Fosterkids. This year, proceeds are slated to benefit scholarships for Bandon High School students seeking training in industrial arts vocations to further their education. 

"As Lori Osborne came on the board last month, she asked that the Chamber continue this event," said Chamber CEO Margaret Pounder. "With her help and guidance, tickets are now available for purchase. So many people last year asked if it could be a two-day event to give a choice of times to attend, so this year it’s being offered for a Saturday night dinner with music and dancing, and Sunday at noon with easy listening music."

Saturday, Feb. 22, doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m.

Music starts at 6:30 p.m. with Hecktic Week, an energy-packed duo with powerful vocals and beat driven grooves. Their foot stomping and soul touching sound is a blues-influenced infusion of nostalgic country, folk and rock. 

From 8:30-10 p.m., Johnny Wheels & the Swamp Donkeys will play. Collectively, the band hails from Oregon, Texas and California and is typically tagged as a Blues band, although, the diversity of the members’ musical backgrounds becomes evident as the worlds of R&B, soul, jazz, funk and rock. are blended under a blues umbrella.

Sunday, Feb. 23, doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the meal being served at noon and music starting at 12:30 p.m.

From 12:30-2 p.m., Caught Red Handed will play. All three members are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The trio is well-known for its strong three-part vocal harmonies, flashy solo instrumental breaks and quirky on-stage conversation. They'll play original tunes from their two CD releases as well as popular selections from the Americana songbook encompassing bluegrass, country, folk and even a touch of old-time rock 'n'roll.

From 2:30-4 p.m., singer-songwriter/cover artist Jeff Kloetzel will perform. His original songs are fueled by his rhythmic guitar work and soulful vocals. Influenced by many musical genres including pop, rock, folk, blues and contemporary island, there should be something for everyone in Kloetzel's set list.

"We would like to thank all of those who contributed to the 2019 pilot year of the Bandon Crab Fest, with a special thank you to Donny and Anne Goddard of Goddard Energy for their contribution of the fresh-caught crab," Pounder said. 

Main sponsor for this year's event is Hunter Finch/Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty, with additional support from Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Cardas Audio, Coastal Mist, Bain Insurance, Freedom Graphics, Farm & Sea and the Beverage Barn. Donors include Stillwagon Distillery-non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails; John's Famous Chowder-chowder and hot-dog bar; Edgewaters restaurant-salad; Face Rock Creamery-cheese appetizers; Chubby Girl Cheesecakes and Bandon Coffee Cafe-desserts; Cardas Audio-live music; Freedom Graphics-graphic design, marketing, logistics and apparel; Bandon Chamber of Commerce, kids' activities. 

Tickets are available at www.bandoncrabfest.com or at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Last year, the event sold out. For further information, visit the website, Facebook or call Pounder at 541-347-9616.

Bandon Western World Editor Amy Moss Strong can be reached at 541-347-2423, ext. 305, or by email at amy.moss-strong@theworldlink.com. Follow Bandon Western World on Facebook.

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