2,500 Crabs Released at 8th Annual Gupot Chamoru / Malesso Crab Festival

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The festival also featured a best stuffed crab or kahit panglao competition, a tuba drinking competition and a talaya throwing competition.

Guam – Organizers say the 8th annual Gupot Chamoru and Malesso Crab festival was a huge success.

 

 Over 2,500 live land crabs were released into the festival grounds in what has become one of the most popular features of the crab fest. Participants competed to see who could catch the most crabs. There were categories for 8-12 year olds, 13-17 year olds, 18-54 year olds and 55 years and older.

 The festival also featured a best stuffed crab or kahit panglao competition, a tuba drinking competition and a talaya throwing competition. This year’s winner of the stuffed crab cookoff was Merizo’s Lou Augustin. Perry Leon Guerrero won both the tuba drinking and talaya throwing competitions.

 The crab fest began on Friday night and lasted through the weekend. The celebration culminated last night (Sun.) with a fireworks display. The festival was started 8 years ago by Merizo Mayor Ernest Chargualaf. The mayor thanks the island of Guam for coming down and for everyone who participated to make it a successful event. The Crab Fest was sponsored by the Bank of Guam and the Guam Visitors Bureau.