LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TWP. – It was great to see all the families out yesterday attending my hometown’s (Lower Alloways Creek’s) 11th Annual Ruritan Crab and Craft Festival. The beautiful weather was accompanied by an abundance of smiles and friendly faces. Watching the kids with their painted faces ride the ponies, jump around in the enormous bouncy castles, and take turns in the huge yellow fire truck, reminded me of the days I spent in LAC as a child.
The splendid day included a silent auction, an assortment of classic and antique cars and tractors, and a wide variety of vendors displaying homemade crafts, artwork, and local cuisine. The most entertaining part of the day was, as usual, the exciting crab races. Those feisty fellas were literally clawing their way to the top for the chance to move on to the final races. And even though this year there were no any crabs to eat, I still had to grab some napkins to wipe the Italian water ice and the smile from my face.
This year marked the first year that no crustaceans were there for eating. According to sources, the Salem County Health Department required that vendors selling crabs needed to get permits. The crab permit request was only given 10 days before the event and “the request was just too short of a notice.” For a small town that doesn’t have too many events with hundreds of guests, this “unforeseen” letdown to the hundreds of attendees seems a bit “fishy.”