BEAT THIS, BOYS: The owner of Keppel Sands Hotel Simon McAulay-Powell and carpenter Trevor Eaton show off their crabs in preparation for the Pubtastic event next weekend.
BEAT THIS, BOYS: The owner of Keppel Sands Hotel Simon McAulay-Powell and carpenter Trevor Eaton show off their crabs in preparation for the Pubtastic event next weekend. Austin King ROK

Crab a bite at Keppel Sands for Pubtastic event

YOU won't find another place in the Livingstone Shire as sideways as Keppel Sands.

That's because they memorialise the biggest event on their social calendar with the crustacean king of the sea, the crab.

Next weekend (over Easter), Capricorn Coast residents should head to Keppel Sands to watch hundreds of locals and out-of-towners scuttle over to the small settlement's local pub for the Pubtastic event.

Fun, games and food galore are expected to be the most dominant features of the highly regarded event.

Among those events are the games involving crabs.

One of the events is crab racing, which has three heats.

Six crabs are placed into a circle and bidders put a wager on the crab they think can make it outside the circle first.

If that didn't pinch your curiosity, there is also crab-tying.

The person, who can tie a crab to its claws the fastest, becomes the crab king... or queen.

Pub owner Simon McAulay-Powell said the event was likely to draw a crowd of about 600 people.

That was more than double the population of Keppel Sands.

Pubtastic kicks off at 12pm next Saturday.

Interesting facts

A crab's shell is really a skeleton on the outside of its body. Insects and spiders also have external skeletons.

A group of crabs is called a cast.



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