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Tawes Crab & Clam Bake a Sweaty, Summer Staple for Many in Somerset

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CRISFIELD, Md.- "Of course it's always the hottest day!" Maryland Sen. Mary Beth Carozza said. 

As the 43rd J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake got underway on Wednesday afternoon, temperatures on the pavement of the Somers Cove Marina in were nearly triple digits. 

But despite the sweltering heat, thousands packed into the Crisfield parking lot to enjoy some Somerset County seafood. It is a tradition for those like Sheila Fisher and Maryland Del. Carl Anderton. 

"I've been coming ever since I can remember, it's just tradition," Fisher said. 

"It's a high school reunion for me, it's like coming home. Growing up here you see friends from school, new friends from Annapolis," Anderton said. 

But for those like Paul Decock, it was a first time experience like no other. 

"I think it's something fun and exciting, something different than I've ever done before. I'm not from Maryland so I hear it's a tradition," Decock said. 

As people from all over joined together to take in the sun and savory food, there were quite a few politicians in attendance.  Even though it's not an election year, elected officials like Gov. Larry Hogan says it's one of their favorite summer events to travel to the Eastern Shore for.

"People from all around the state come out," Hogan said. "It's just a great cross section of Maryland. A little politics gets done out here, but it's just a whole lot of fun."

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