CAMBRIDGE — Crab mallets were swinging during the 40th annual Seafood Feast-I-Val fundraiser to benefit the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sailwinds Park.

The event this year had a great turnout, according to Dorchester County Councilman Ricky Travers, who estimated nearly 1,300 people attended.

Travers said people came from all over Maryland and even farther north, on busses from Philadelphia and New Jersey, to indulge in delicious Maryland delicacies and support the Cambridge RFC.

This year’s turnout, Travers said, was pretty similar to last year’s. He confirmed the festival earned more than $5,000 in sponsorships, which he said took a lot of pressure off of event organizers.

Travers also emphasized his gratitude to the many volunteers from different groups around the Mid-Shore whose tireless work helped make the festival possible.

“It’s a community effort to raise money for the fire department,” he said.

The Seafood Fest featured a menu of Eastern Shore favorites, such as all-you-can-eat Maryland steamed crabs, fried fish, crab soup, fried clams, barbecued chicken, sweet potato fries, ranch fries, watermelon, corn-on-the-cob, sliced tomatoes and hot dogs.

Cold beer also was flowing as festival-goers head-bobbed to live music by Golden Touch and shopped around for art and goods by crafty local vendors and businesses.

The day also featured the 15th annual Seafood Feast-I-Val Car Show, after which the top three winners received cash prizes.

The Seafood Feast-I-Val began 40 years ago as a state-level initiative to stimulate the seafood industry.

Many Maryland cities hosted the event, but only some have been as successful as the one hosted annually in Cambridge.

In fact, the event has become so popular it was voted one of the Top 100 Events and Festivals in North America by the American Bus Association.

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