The Mid Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge is a yearly event in which crabs race around a specially designed circular track in order to be crowned the winner of the Crustacean 500. Which is named after the world famous Indy 500. To discover everything that you need to know about the popular event, simply continue reading.
The winner is the first crab to get a claw across the finish line:
The winner of the Crustacean 500 is the first crab to get a claw across the finish line and the winning crab does not have to get its body across the finish line. During most years the race is closely contested and is thrilling to watch. Especially if you choose a specific crab to back or want to enter a crab of your own in the world famous crab race.
It’s a 100% free event:
One unique feature of the Mid Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge is that it’s free to attend and to participate in.
It features its own beauty pageant:
After the race takes place, spectators can watch the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant. Which takes place directly after the crab challenge. However, the beauty pageant is unique and doesn’t involve human contestants, instead hermit crabs are displayed in decorated displays that showcase creativity. As well as an overall winner, special awards are also awarded to the friendliest crab, the largest crab, the shyest crab and the prettiest crab shell.
There is an award for the crab which has traveled the furthest distance:
Some individuals bring crabs from out of the state in order to order to enter the challenge. In order to thank out of state participants for the effort which they have made to travel to the event, the event awards a trophy to the crab that has traveled the furthest distance to the challenge.
Over 300 participants enter the crab challenge each year:
You may be surprised to learn that each year over 300 participants enter the Mid Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge. One great aspect of the event is that every participant earns a trophy. So if you’re thinking of entering a crab in the race or in the beauty pageant, it’s well worth doing so as you are guaranteed to earn a commemorative trophy.
It was named one of Trip Advisor’s wackiest events in the USA:
The Mid Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge was named as one of the top 10 wackiest events in the United States in 2010. After which point the growth of the event took off. Each year the challenge attracts more and more spectators who are keen to witness the unique spectacle for themselves.
Whether you’d love to enter a crab in the Crustacean 500 or you’re simply interested in attending the event, it’s definitely well worth making a plan to attend the very next Mid Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge. As you’ll get to witness an event that you’ll never forget.