Westminster has nothing on these unique pets.
At the Mid Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge, hermit crabs participate in preliminary heats in order to qualify for the Crustacean 500 race. Crabs compete on a specially-designed circular track, where all the “crabtestants” are placed in the center. At the sound of the starting horn, crabs scurry to the outer ring of the track. Whichever claw crosses the line first wins and the champion is awarded the “Order of the Mercury Claw” trophy.
In addition to the Crustacean 500, participants may also enter the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant. Hermit crabs are presented in uniquely-decorated displays and judged on beauty and creativity. Hermit crab owners are encouraged to build a unique display for their crabs. Previous winners include “Spider Crab” and “Hermit the Hulk.”
Special superlative trophies will also be awarded to the friendliest, biggest, shyest, most unique, prettiest shell, most athletic and most traveled crabs.
All participants will receive a medal for being a part of the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge.
This is a free vent for both spectators and participants. There are no entry fees.
Event Date: July 25
Location: On the beach at 30th Street
Registration: Begins at 9:30 a.m., all participants must be registered by 11 a.m.