Crab feed to raise funds for Tri-State Steelheaders

The annual event raises money for the group's operations and special events.

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There's a season to get crabby and that time has come.

Organizers hope the signature fundraiser for the Tri-State Steelheaders Fisheries Enhancement Group will net those hungering for shelled crab and shrimp, plus fresh and potato salads, baked beans, French bread, local asparagus, cherry peppers and beverages. Beer and wine will be available for sale.

Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older. About 40 tickets remain for sale.

The event will plate up Thursday at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Center, doors opening at 5 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. dinner bell.

Included in the evening are auctions and raffles with some great prizes to be reeled in, said executive director Mike Bireley. Carved wood art, a weekend package at Cannon Beach Lodge and a guided fishing trip in Alaska for -- naturally -- salmon are just a few of the lures for the dinner.

Tri-State Steelheaders is a nonprofit organization focused on salmon restoration. Based in Walla Walla since the 1960s, the group is one of only 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups in the state to be authorized by the legislature to provide such grassroots restoration.

The annual dinner typically raises between $15,000 and $20,000, Bireley said. The money goes to help payroll costs, fund education and outreach efforts, as well as pay for special kids' summer fishing events at Bennington and Jubilee lakes.

For more information or to buy a ticket call 529-3543 or email to mike.bireley@tristatesteelheaders.com.

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