Crays go viral in the U.S. as part of the Virile Crayfish Embarrassment Contest.
It’s been over a year since the first Virile Crayfish Embarrasment Contest took place.
While it may have been a novelty, it was a success, drawing over 1,000 entrants, according to the Associated Press.
“We just got the word out,” said Paul Pang, a chef from Portland, Oregon.
“It just blew our minds.”
Pang said he was inspired by the success of the contest after seeing how it impacted his local oyster farm.
“I don’t think any of us could have predicted that it would become this big,” Pang said.
Pangs oyster crab harvest took place in February and the cray is still on the farm.
Pang plans to start a new venture called Cray-Oyster Crab Farm to sell the crab and other products.
The Virile Crab Embarrassments Contest has been a hit in the Portland area and beyond.
“The thing that’s so great about it is it really shows people the power of social media,” Pangs oysters manager said.
“This really has allowed the community to come together and share ideas and make a difference in the world.”