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Maryland crab bake drawing politicians to Crisfield

Gov. Larry Hogan appears in 2016 at the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Gov. Larry Hogan appears in 2016 at the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

CRISFIELD — A seafood festival with a political flavor is taking place on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The 41st Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake will take place Wednesday afternoon in Crisfield.The festival deep in Maryland crab country is often visited by politicians. Next year is a big election year in state government, with the governor’s office and all of the state’s 188 legislative seats on the ballot. The primary is June 26, so this is the last Tawes crab feast before the primary.

The event features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob and watermelon.

The festival is named in honor of Crisfield native J. Millard Tawes, who was governor from 1959 to 1967.