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8th annual Blue Claw Crab Festival

Amiyha Schutte, 6, of Shirley, shows off her

Amiyha Schutte, 6, of Shirley, shows off her cat face at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012) Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

The eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach was hosted by the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association and featured an assortment of seafood including the blue claw crab, clams on the half shell and steamed shrimp. Also on hand were nearly 60 vendors were selling a variety of items such as T-shirts, handbags, sunglasses, handmade jewelry and children's books.

Brayden Wilkinson, 9, of Mastic Beach serves blue
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Brayden Wilkinson, 9, of Mastic Beach serves blue claw crabs at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Michele Schneider, of Mastic Beach, plays with Edward
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Michele Schneider, of Mastic Beach, plays with Edward Langston, 2, of Shirley, at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Rainbow Rosie draws a princess face for Kailani
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Rainbow Rosie draws a princess face for Kailani Valladares, 8, of Mastic Beach, at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Jacob Merchant, of Mastic, brought his French bulldog
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Jacob Merchant, of Mastic, brought his French bulldog Puddin' to the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Edward Merchant, of Mastic, eats vanilla chip ice
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Edward Merchant, of Mastic, eats vanilla chip ice cream at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

The band Blind Sight performs at the eighth
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

The band Blind Sight performs at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Robert Muse, of Mastic Beach, shucks clams at
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Robert Muse, of Mastic Beach, shucks clams at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Maria Zoine, of Merrick eats her blue claw
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Maria Zoine, of Merrick eats her blue claw crabs at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Mastic Beach activist Robert DeBona died Oct. 14,
Photo Credit: Handout

Mastic Beach activist Robert DeBona died Oct. 14, 2012. He was 66. Newsday's obituary for Robert DeBona

Richard Wilkinson, of Mastic Beach, shucks clams at
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Richard Wilkinson, of Mastic Beach, shucks clams at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Victoria Viola, of Mastic Beach, serves shrimp at
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Victoria Viola, of Mastic Beach, serves shrimp at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Amiyha Schutte, 6, of Shirley, shows off her
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Amiyha Schutte, 6, of Shirley, shows off her cat face at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Lois Bernzott Boccio, of Manorville, poses for a
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Lois Bernzott Boccio, of Manorville, poses for a picture with her book "Bernie the Beach Ball Bounces Back" at the Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Mastic Beach Property Owners Association volunteer Michelle Wilkinson,
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Mastic Beach Property Owners Association volunteer Michelle Wilkinson, of Mastic Beach, at the Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Heather Vita, of Mastic Beach, tries to dunk
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Heather Vita, of Mastic Beach, tries to dunk Carmine Schieferstein at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Brayden Wilkinson, 9, of Mastic Beach serves blue
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Brayden Wilkinson, 9, of Mastic Beach serves blue claw crabs at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Michele Schneider, of Mastic Beach, plays with Edward
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Michele Schneider, of Mastic Beach, plays with Edward Langston, 2, of Shirley, at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Rainbow Rosie draws a princess face for Kailani
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Rainbow Rosie draws a princess face for Kailani Valladares, 8, of Mastic Beach, at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Edward Merchant, of Mastic, eats vanilla chip ice
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Edward Merchant, of Mastic, eats vanilla chip ice cream at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Jacob Merchant, of Mastic, brought his French bulldog
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Jacob Merchant, of Mastic, brought his French bulldog Puddin' to the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

The band Blind Sight performs at the eighth
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

The band Blind Sight performs at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Mastic Beach activist Robert DeBona died Oct. 14,
Photo Credit: Handout

Mastic Beach activist Robert DeBona died Oct. 14, 2012. He was 66. Newsday's obituary for Robert DeBona

Robert Muse, of Mastic Beach, shucks clams at
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Robert Muse, of Mastic Beach, shucks clams at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Maria Zoine, of Merrick eats her blue claw
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Maria Zoine, of Merrick eats her blue claw crabs at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Richard Wilkinson, of Mastic Beach, shucks clams at
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Richard Wilkinson, of Mastic Beach, shucks clams at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Victoria Viola, of Mastic Beach, serves shrimp at
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Victoria Viola, of Mastic Beach, serves shrimp at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Amiyha Schutte, 6, of Shirley, shows off her
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Amiyha Schutte, 6, of Shirley, shows off her cat face at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Lois Bernzott Boccio, of Manorville, poses for a
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Lois Bernzott Boccio, of Manorville, poses for a picture with her book "Bernie the Beach Ball Bounces Back" at the Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Mastic Beach Property Owners Association volunteer Michelle Wilkinson,
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Mastic Beach Property Owners Association volunteer Michelle Wilkinson, of Mastic Beach, at the Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

Heather Vita, of Mastic Beach, tries to dunk
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Heather Vita, of Mastic Beach, tries to dunk Carmine Schieferstein at the eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. (Aug. 26, 2012)

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