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photo courtsey of The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce

The Kodiak Crab Festival is produced annually by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of the residents of Kodiak, Alaska. Crab Fest is a time for the community to celebrate the abundant resources that we receive from the sea. The festival is held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, ending on Memorial Day. 

The festival (originally known as the King Crab Festival) began in 1958 to market a new industry: King Crab. King Crab was, at that time not a well-known or popular food. As the King Crab industry declined and other crab fisheries grew in Kodiak, the “King” was dropped and the festival became the “Kodiak Crab Festival”. Though some years there may not be an abundance of crab food on the midway, the name has remained for historical reasons.

2024 crab fest poster


A local artist and sometimes film producer, Robert Wagner’s first claim to fame was winning a state fair contest when he was a child.

“The first art award I got was when I was in kindergarten for a picture of E.T.,” Wagner said. “My teacher entered it into the Minnesota State Fair and I took first place, won some cash and ribbons and stuff.”

Ever since then, he was hooked on art, both on the canvas and the silver screen. 

curtesy of the Kodiak Daily Mirror by JACK BARNWELL


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