Although an unusual sport, crab racing is a thrill-filled event that captivates the attention of many. Today on National Champion Crab Races Day, celebrate alongside crab race enthusiasts here in Illinois!

Crab racing has been around for decades with a National Crab Racing Association arising in 1979, becoming the most prominent organization involved in crab racing. As for the holiday, it began in the town of Long Beach, Washington in the early 2000s and expanded to other areas. Since then, people annually celebrate the holiday by entering their own crab in races, attending a race or even enjoying their favorite crab dish.

This year, celebrate the Illinois way by visiting Don’s Place in Jacksonville. For over 30 years, Don’s Place has hosted crab races every Thursday evening. Customers can witness the spectacle while enjoying food, drinks, and live music on occasion. Don’s Place is a family-owned establishment that has earned its title as a local favorite operating in Jacksonville since 1933.

Crab races at Don’s Place are held every Thursday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit their website.

Happy racing!