Beaufort celebrates the 10th anniversary of its annual Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday, April 20, from noon to 5 p.m. at Old Village Port Royal (Port Royal, S.C.) The festival features the Lowcountry’s famous soft shell crabs served in a variety of styles by area chefs, as well as craft vendors, entertainment and activities suitable for individuals of all ages.

The festival will also feature its annual Port Royal Crab Race where approximately 5,000 rubber crabs are “adopted” by festival attendees for a suggested $10 each. The crab will be dropped into Battery Creek at 5 p.m. and the owner of the first crab to cross the finish line at the Observation Deck will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Additional cash prizes include $1,000 for second place, $750 for third, $500 for fourth, $250 for fifth, and $100 cash each to sixth through 10th place. To adopt a crab, individuals should visit

“A celebration of our seafood rich history and cuisine is a great way to usher in spring each year,” said Robb Wells, tourism division executive at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. “And this being the 10th anniversary of our Soft Shell Crab Festival makes this year a particularly special one.”

For additional information about the festival, visit or call 843-470-1110.

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