Annual Charleston Crab Feed draws in hundreds

CHARLESTON, Ore. -- Hundreds of people from as far away as Ashland and Eugene were in the south coast over the weekend to help out a local organization, and eat a bit of seafood.

More then 900 pounds of fresh crab was served this weekend at the annual Charleston Crab Feed.

Those who waited in line were treated to a half or a whole crab, and all the money went to support the Charleston Visitor's Center for another year.

Organizers say the event gets larger every year.

"This event is the only fundraiser that we have in Charleston to support the visitor's center and other community events that happen in Charleston," said organizer Ruth Barker.

Margery Whitmer volunteers at the event, and says people are coming from all over. "People are coming from Roseburg, Medford, probably from Eugene," she said. "Not only local, but people come from 150 miles because they're making a day of it. They want to get away from the winter doldrums and come to the coast."

Some travel websites have called the crab feed a "must do" event on the south coast.

Two full tour buses brought a group from Ashland for the event.