Events draws many tourists, locals

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Local volunteer Vickie Taylor, left, served a plate of hot and spicy steamed crabs to Camilla Williams, who drove three hours from Fredericksburg, Va., to enjoy the festival. See inside for more photos of the event, which supports Cambridge Rescue Fire Company.

CAMBRIDGE — The 40th Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val brought out well over 1,000 locals and visitors to Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park on Sunday. The event benefits Cambridge Rescue Fire Company (RFC) and is supported by volunteers from many local organizations.

The aroma of freshly steamed crabs spiced the air, as families and groups of friends listened to live music from Golden Touch Band and browsed the vendors who had set up shop. Several large tents had been set up to provide shade, and tables were pretty well filled within an hour of opening at 1 p.m.

Past President of RFC Ricky Travers said it looked like about 1,400 guests would eat, making the event as well attended as last year’s. That’s important, as the feast is RFC’s main fundraiser of the year.

There was more to it than cash from the gate, though. “We’ve been blessed with a good group of sponsors,” Mr. Travers said, who had donated a total of about $5,000.

Plenty of local faces were seen, but this is also known in the Mid-Atlantic as a popular day trip for those looking for an authentic Eastern Shore experience or who may simply have a hankering for steamed crabs, crab soup, fish, corn, watermelon and more. Five tour buses brought visitors, and the full parking lots boasted license plates from surrounding states.

It took plenty of volunteers cook, serve, clean and do the many tasks required to keep it all safe, efficient and tasty. One of them was Robert Boyd, who manned a grill, barbecuing chicken for the crowd.

“This is an exciting affair for this community,” he said as he turned breast and leg quarters. “You get a chance to meet people from all over.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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