TILGHMAN ISLAND — The smell of Old Bay-dusted steamed crabs filled the air as a crowd gathered for the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Company’s Crab Fest fundraiser, Saturday, July 13.

The Crab Fest was held across from the firehouse at Kronsberg Park, where people lined the picnic tables — crab mallets and cold beer in hand.

TIVFC Treasurer Charlotte Fluharty said the Crab Fest is crucial to maintaining and improving the fire company’s services on Tilghman Island.

Fluharty said, without participation and donations from the community, the department wouldn’t be able to operate.

“We are a nonprofit organization, so everything that we have is from donations,” she said. “We have to raise all of our own money.”

Fluharty said people on Tilghman Island, as well as those who come from out of town, are very generous to the fire company.

“It’s $250,000 a year to keep this place going, so every little bit helps,” she said.

TIVFC Secretary Linda Gottleib, who headed the organization of the Crab Fest, said she was happy with the fundraiser’s turnout.

Gottleib estimated the fire company would raise anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 throughout the day.

The Fest featured locally sourced seafood, live music, and local art vendors, as well as other food vendors.

Events for the day included a fireman’s parade, a crab race, a crab eating contest, children’s activities, and a queen contest.

All proceeds from the Crab Fest benefit the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Company.

The next fundraising event for the company, Tilghman Day, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19.

For more information on Tilghman Day or to make a donation to the company, visit www.tilghmanvfc.org.

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