TOP CATCH: This year’s Tannum Crab Classic at Tannum Sands Hotel raised more than $20,000 for three families struggling to pay for their disabled children’s medical equipment.
TOP CATCH: This year’s Tannum Crab Classic at Tannum Sands Hotel raised more than $20,000 for three families struggling to pay for their disabled children’s medical equipment. Paul Braven

Record breaking auction at Tannum Crab Classic

THE last crab to be auctioned is always worth more, or at least the punters are willing to pay more, organisers of the Tannum Crab Classic have found.

As the auction began wrapping up ahead of the big crab race, those who had left their bidding until the last minute created a fierce competition.

The final crab broke the event's record - set at last year's auction on the final crab - after selling for $1,500.

Add that to about $20,000 raised during Saturday's Ladies Night and Sunday's crab races at the Tannum Sands pub.

Organiser Ernie Vaughan (pictured wearing an Akubra hat) said the race itself was the most exciting part of the day.

"There was a lot of yelling and screaming when the race took off. You would have been forgiven for thinking people were watching the Melbourne Cup on screen."

The money raised will go towards helping three families with severely disabled children in need of equipment to make their lives easier.



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