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Crisfield's Fritzy Gerald Has Not Missed a Crab & Clam Bake in 40 Years

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Attendees at the 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake  (WBOC) Attendees at the 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake (WBOC)

CRISFIELD, Md.- Seafood lovers and politicians from all over Maryland gathered for the 40th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake and Crisfield native, Fritzy Gerald makes it a point to be in attendance each year. 

Gerald said attending the annual crab and clam bake each year is about keeping a long running tradition going. Gerald is a huge staple at the annual crab and clam bake, he was an important part in starting it. 

Gerald said even though he's getting up there in age, he's happy to make it out to the event each and every year. He is quite the character, as he's all things Crisfield, from serving as the mayor, city councilman to fire chief to mention a few. And at this annual event he's the fabric of the J. Millard Tawes Annual Crab & Clam Bake.

"It's been a long road. I've been here for every year they've had it, I was here when we it started it. The older you get you don't feel as good, but you know I'm glad to be here this year," Gerald said.

All you can eat crabs, clams and local produce are a part of what brings people from all over to this event. Gerald said since the 40 years he's been coming, not a whole lot has changed. 

"Its pretty well all the same every year, one year we did I think serve 45,000 clams one day," Fritzy said. 

Gerald said he's most honored in keeping this tradition in honor of his close personal relationship with the late former Gov. J. Millard Tawes, a native of Crisfield and the event's namesake. 

"One thing he did tell me one time, he said you can use my name and my pictures but don't run me down. We haven't done that, we've upheld his name very well," Gerald said. 

Gerald said as long as he's able, he will continue to make his traditional appearance for years to come. 

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