The whacks of hammers on new made boats, the cracking of freshly cooked crabs and the quacks of those cheering on a duck race will dominate the waterfront later this month in the World’s Smallest Harbor just north of Newport.
It’s the twentieth annual Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed and Ducky Derby – almost more than the heart can hold over just one weekend.
The fun starts Saturday morning, April 19th with the Wooden Boat Show with all kinds of sailing and rowing craft on display. Some brand new ones will be in various stages of assembly by some rather superb craftsmen. There will also be a child’s boat assembly area for the little ones who want to make their own sailing ship. And as you can see, the girls are very competitive! The boat show runs both Saturday and Sunday starting at 9am and it’s FREE to attend.
Just barely down the street at the Depoe Bay Community Hall mounds upon mounds of mouth watering Dungeness Crab will be flying out of pots and onto tables in front of very appreciative, and understandably hungry patrons, who, with wooden hammers, can crack the crab to their tummy’s content. Half-crab $15, fullcrab $20 – includes cole slaw, bread, coffee or soft drink. That runs both days, Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 11-3 or until the crab runs out.
Also on Sunday, the big Ducky Derby races down the creek and into Depoe Bay with their “owners” cheering the little quackers on to the finish line. Up to a hundred winners will be collecting prizes to take home, courtesy of Depoe Bay merchants. Those who would like to “rent” a numbered duck in the race can slam down five bucks for each duck at most Depoe Bay Merchants and at the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce which is located on the ocean side of Highway 101, south of the bridge – right next to Mazatlan Restaurant.
The entire fun-filled weekend is a major Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce fundraiser for itself as it promotes tourism and economic development in the Depoe Area.