More than 200 people showed up to watch Annapolis' first crab races at the in Eastport on Saturday.
"I'm just thrilled," museum Director Jeff Holland said. "The turnout's a lot bigger than I expected."
The museum averages about 50 visitors on a Saturday, but the crab derby brought more than 270 people through the front door during its six-hour run.
The event was organized by Mike Jordan to raise money for his charity called Crabs for Kids. The fledgling nonprofit group plans to use the proceeds to pay for sports equipment and team fees or musical instruments and lessons for underprivileged children in the Annapolis area.
Claire Bourne, 7, said she came to the crab derby because her dad, James Bourne, said she had to. It was the family's first visit to the museum.
"He wanted us to get exercise outside, but I don't mind even though it's hot," Claire said. "I want to come again because it's fun here."
The six-hour event featured five heats of crab races, crab shell painting and a crab-picking contest. The event also included refreshments, face painting and live music.
Volunteer Mike Zeller of Parkville drove down for Saturday's event because he said he couldn't turn Jordan down when he asked for help.
"Mike is a great friend of mine and anything he starts is usually a good idea," Zeller said. "I learned so much as a child from sports that I feel you have to pass it on."
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