YACHATS — The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for event cancelations too numerous to count during the course of the last 10 months. But despite the havoc wreaked by statewide measures taken to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, the pandemic wasn’t about to get in the way of a nearly 30-year tradition that’s an annual boost to local charitable causes.
It’s going to look much different than in years past, but the Yachats Lions Club will proceed with this year’s annual crab feed. And although this marks the 29th time the service club will host the event, customers won’t be able to enjoy their meals gathered among others at the Yachats Commons as in the past.
The Yachats Lions Club Crab Feed, usually an all-you-can-eat, sit-down event, will be take-out only and hosted Jan. 30 at the Yachats Lions Hall, located at 334 Fourth St. Meals cost $25 each and include a whole, local Dungeness crab provided by South Beach Fish Market, Cole slaw from Reser’s Fine Foods and lines of fresh-baked sourdough bread from Yachats’ own Breadworks. Patrons will also receive pads of butter for their bread to “melt at home.” There’s is no limit to the number of orders placed by individuals.
“We’ve been doing it forever and serving almost 500 people a year for a large sit-down get together,” Crab Feed organizer and Yachats Lions Club member Kevin Yorks said. “Unfortunately with all that’s going on, we couldn’t really do it the way we’ve done it in the past, but it’s a really important tradition.”
This year, tickets are on sale at yachatslionsclub.org, and patrons may choose one of three time slots for when to pick up their meals: between 3 and 4 p.m., from 4 to 5 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m.
Crab Feed proceeds go entirely to support Lions Club community service projects, such as scholarships for graduating high school seniors, donations to area food pantries, the Yachats Youth and Family Program preschool and after school programs, South Lincoln Resources and donations of eyeglasses for those in need.
Yorks said last year, the 30-member Yachats Lions Club, one of the oldest Lions Clubs in the state, donated more than $25,000 to area causes. He said the organization’s Crab Feed is annually its largest yearly fundraiser, and despite its size, the club donates more money per capita than any other Lions Club in the state.
“One for the main things I want people to know about this event is that this is a valued, longtime tradition, and no matter what, we were going to keep it going,” Yorks said. “A lot of what we do is possible because of the Crab Feed.”
He added that in previous years, Crab Feed attendees were about 80 percent visitors to the area, and just 20 percent local patrons. But this year, Yorks is making a push for area residents to get their crab fix satisfied by the Yachats Lions Club.
“This community has always been really great at supporting us,” he said. “But this year, we’re not expecting a lot of people coming in from out of town, so we’re going to be depending a little more on our locals.”
York added that orders have been trickling into the club’s website since the order forms went online last month, and that the club hopes to sell about 150 meals.
For more information, visit the club’s website, send an email to [email protected] or call York at 541-562-5629.