Deanna Hubbard of Fire House Nutz in Bluffton seasons the soft shell crabs before they are fried during the annual Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday in Port Royal. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

 They’re back, they’re delicious 


 The Soft Shell Crab Festival returned from a two-year hiatus thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic for its 17th edition on Saturday. 

Thousands strolled Port Royal’s Paris Avenue, shopped with vendors and enjoyed some good food, especially those soft-shelled, blue crab delicacies at the festival, organized by the Old Village Association of Port Royal. 


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