On August 5, Ocean City, New Jersey, will host its annual Miss Crustacean beauty pageant, where hermit crabs compete for a crown and cucumber trophy.
Organizer Mark Soifer says Miss Crustacean is a source of jealousy among other pageants like Miss USA, which doesnt get nearly as much publicity.
Unlike human pageants, the crab pageant is question-free, so 10-legged contestants wont be giving their opinions on controversial issues like gay rights.
Instead, contenders walk down a high-tech runway outfitted with flashing lights while being adored by the crowd.
Past pageant beauties have included Copacrabana, a crab dressed as a showgirl, and Crabapatra, who was carried on stage by humans clad in togas.
The winning crab takes a victory stroll to Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean, sung this year by a mermaid and Elvis impersonator.
Soifer says Miss Crustacean has no official duties being beautiful is enough.
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