By Barbara B. Covell for the TODAY
It’s that time of year when classic car fans and Dungeness crab lovers roll into the quiet community of Waldport for a taste of the good life. The 18th annual “Cruzin’ For Crab” on Saturday, Sept. 23, is a full day of fun, prizes, vendors, classic and modified cars, DJ music, and delectable crab preparations available citywide.
Sponsored by the Waldport Chamber of Commerce, “Cruzin’ For Crab” is a salute to summer’s end and a celebration of the bounty in coastal living. The car show is the focal point for most of the day’s free activities, which are at the community center parking lot on Hwy 34, three blocks east of the 101 intersection.
“Just follow the crab signs displayed all over town,” said Cheryl Stokes, chairperson for the Cruzin’ festivities. “And, don’t miss the classic cars traveling north or south on Hwy 101. You will know you’re headed to the right place.”
Car show enthusiasts from Oregon and Washington regularly attend this event. The Roadsters, Model A’s, and trucks draw crowds of fans.
“This year we’ll have convertibles, muscle cars, street rods, trucks, and foreign cars,” Stokes states. “We have the classic and modified classes in pre-40s, as well as the 40s and up.”
In addition to individual classic car owners, members of the Bay City Cruisers, the Jasper Street Rods, and the Rogue Valley Street Rods will be in attendance, vying for the Best Club Participation, the Farthest Distance, and the Chamber Choice awards.
The fun begins at 10 am when vendor booths open, featuring food, crafts, artwork, clothes, and a variety of novelty items. LuLaRoe leggings, custom crabby t-shirts, crab ornaments, and crabby sweatshirts will be available for purchase. The Waldport Lions Club will be serving coffee, pastries, scones, donuts, and coffee cake for hungry visitors attending the car show. Donations are gratefully appreciated.
A local DJ will be on hand throughout, playing the sounds of the ‘50s, through the ’80s and more. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and showcase those steps from your favorite era.
At 1 pm is a 50/50 raffle drawing, as well as the initial judging for automobile categories by trophy sponsors and prominent car aficionados. Winners will be announced between 3:30 and 4 pm. An original hand-crafted fused glass crab trophy by local artisan Scott DeYoung will be awarded to top participants in the primary categories. Dash plaques commemorating this event will also be presented.
At 5 pm the Waldport Moose Lodge is hosting a crab feed at 250 SW John Street. “Come and get some delicious Dungeness crab,” Stokes said. “The season has been wonderful this year,”
Be sure to follow signs throughout the city for crabmeat specials at the Hilltop Cafe, Salty Dawg, Fresh Mexican, and other Waldport restaurants who will be featuring new and tasty crab dishes.
For accommodations in area hotels, campgrounds, RV parks, and vacation rentals, check with the Waldport Chamber of Commerce at: www.waldport-chamber.com.
“There are a lot of car shows in the Pacific northwest,” Cheryl Stokes says. “But this event is different because it features our local Dungeness crab, our community organizations, our merchants, restaurants, and a lot of beautiful classic cars.”
Car show registration is from 8 to 11 am. Pre-entry fees are $20, or $25 at the show. Registrations can be found at the Waldport Chamber of Commerce website at: www.waldport-chamber.com The first 50 entrants receive goody bags of items donated by local merchants. For more information on Cruzin’ For Crab, registration in the car show, or vendor participation, contact Cheryl Stokes at (541) 563-4478.