Start cracking; crab season has arrived

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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What: Annual Crab & Chowder Gala

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville

Tickets: $45


November 15th is opening day for commercial Dungeness crab on California’s coast and Placerville will celebrate the evening with the ninth annual Crab & Chowder Gala at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

“The Crab & Chowder Gala helps support the fair grounds,” said Kathy Jurgens, El Dorado County Fair administrative assistant. “Many people don’t realize we are a nonprofit, fully sustaining organization. Fundraisers like this keep us open to the public for community services and events.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds of this event help maintain the fairgrounds.

“This is a great place to get fresh crab, drinks and a night of dancing all under the same room,” Jurgens said. “This is a great community event that’s perfect for families, friends or even a holiday staff party for local businesses.”

In addition to all-you-can-eat crab, Old Town Grill will provide Clam Chowder, Jurgens said. Fairgrounds officials will also serve pasta, green salad and bread.

“Please remember to bring your butter warmers but if you forget, remember to be nice to your tablemates, maybe they will have a spare,” Jurgens said.

The fundraiser will also include a no-host bar, a dessert auction table, silent auction and raffle, with prizes donated from local community businesses.

"If you need to make room for that dessert or if you ate too much crab, local band, Rebel Stoke will play classic rock before dinner and afterward, so you can get up and dance,” Jurgens said.

Tickets are $45 per person and available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at El Dorado County Fairgrounds office, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Tickets can also be purchased at Cool Feed and Ranch Supply in Cool or online at