Welcome to the official Web site of the West Point, Virginia Crab Carnival, sponsored by the West Point Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce. This year the seafood festival will be held on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2013. Crab Carnival holds a special place in the hearts of all Tidewater community members as a joyous celebration of the Town of West Point's history and a great Fall festival.
The Crab Carnival Committee is pleased to announce that the 31st Crab Carnival parade will be led by Mac and Karen Richardson who have contributed to the success of the event for many years.
In the 1970’s members of the West Point Area Improvement Association, a group of local businesses and the prerequisite to the West Point/Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce, were looking for ways to increase business in town and “Founders Day” was organized. As a member of the Improvement Association representing his family owned clothing business, Richardson’s, which was located at 706 Main Street in West Point, Mac became involved with the organization of Founders Day. He recalls the initial objective of Founders Day was to give the local community the opportunity to raise money by selling handmade arts & crafts and food while increasing business opportunities for retail stores located on Main Street. Mac was Chairman of the first two Founders Day events which name was changed 31 years ago to the West Point Crab Carnival.
Representing her employer C&F Bank located at 8th & Main Streets, Karen served as an officer and director of the West Point/Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce for many years as well as serving on various committees for the organization.She was involved with Crab Carnival for over 25 years and devoted many hours volunteering and organizing fund raising opportunities for the Chamber.
Town Ordinance. No pets are allowed at Crab Carnival events except service pets. Alcohol can only be served from select vendors and consumed at designated spots at Crab Carnival. A new Town ordinance prohibits driving a motor vehicle (except service vehicles related to the gathering), a bicycle,skateboard, moped or similar device within the streets or sidewalks designated for the gathering or festival.
For additional information, please contact the
West Point Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce
621 Main Street
PO Box 1035
West Point, VA 23181
Office hours Mon-Thurs., 9:00 am -1:00 pm.
Janice McGowan, Office Secretary
Phone 804.843.4620; FAX 804.843.2434