The first crab racing competition in Ca Mau Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, took place on Sunday.
A total of 270 crabs from 30 entrants participated in the event.
The competition’s rules stated that all crabs entered in the competition had to weigh over 300 grams and originated in Nam Can, Ngoc Hien, Dam Doi, or Cai Nuoc Districts.
Each entrant could register up to five ‘racers’ in the event.
The crabs were placed on separate race tracks, each measuring 25 centimeters wide and five meters long.
Entrants were allowed to knock on their crabs’ back with a stick if they stopped moving in the middle of the race.
The winners were awarded medals and cash prizes at the end of the competition.
All of the crabs, whether they won or lost, were cooked later that day.
Ca Mau Province has more land dedicated to crab farming than anywhere else in Vietnam, with more than 250,000 hectares.
|Crabs are placed on separate race tracks during the competition in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam, December 25, 2022. Photo: Thanh Huyen / Tuoi Tre
The average annual crab output of Ca Mau is valued at more than VND10 trillion (US$423 million).
Crab is considered a key commodity in the province and is famous throughout the country for its firm, sweet, and delicious meat.
The racing competition was aimed at promoting the local crabs to both domestic and foreign tourists.
It was also an opportunity for businesses and investors to seek cooperation in tourism and culinary services within the province.