The Alaska Cruise Association will sponsor the all-you-can-eat crab feed at the Sitka Summer Music Festival, rescuing a 20-year tradition.

Both the sponsor and the caterer withdrew from the event earlier this year, leaving organizers unsure if the crab feed would take place at all. Word that the event might be cancelled reached the media and the Cruise Association stepped in to help.

The event draws hundreds of people to the Crescent Harbor Shelter for a picnic every summer. Mounds of Dungeness crab are served and the proceeds go toward the cost of staging the festival’s month-long series of chamber music concerts.

“We can’t imagine a better sponsor for the crab feed,” said Roberta Rinehart, Executive Director for the Sitka Musical Festival. “It’s a wonderful fit and we are very grateful. The feed has been running for the last 20 years and we are glad it’s not going to end this summer.”

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