Guam- The southern most village of Merizo is preparing for a special crustacean celebration all weekend long.
The 5th annual Gupot Chamorro and Crab Festival kicks off this evening [Friday] and will last through Sunday at the Merizo Pier. Mayor Ernest Chargualaf says the festival highlights that his village is the crab capital of Guam.
Aside from entertainment, jet ski races and talaya throwing contests, expect everything to be centered on crabs. Chargualaf mentions island residents and visitors need to check out the cooking competitions where they can try their stuffed crabs, crab cakes and other tasty treats. Chargualaf also talks about the highly anticipated crab catching competition, where brave participants try to catch 100 dozen live land crabs.
“They’re going to be catching it in sacks,” said Chargualaf. “It’s funny because you can’t step on it. You’re going to see people spinning around the crab, every which way to try and grab at it so the claws won’t bite them. But it’s a fun event. It also perpetuates our way of life…the Chamorro way of life.”
The festival starts at 6 p.m. with Merizo Martyrs Elementary School students and senior citizens providing entertainment. Arts and crafts, coconut husking, tuba drinking and a car show will also be featured throughout the weekend. The various crab contests begin on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with the crab catching competition scheduled for 4:30 p.m..
The event is hosted by the Merizo Mayor’s Office, the Guam Visitors Bureau and other sponsors.