Arrivals & Departures Nipper the crab pinches the spotlight ahead of Mandurah Crab Fest

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A giant inflatable blue manna crab named Nipper has been making the rounds to promote the 20th anniversary of the Mandurah Crab Fest.

So far, Nipper has visited Hillarys Boat Harbour, Fremantle and Rottnest Island to help spread the world about the free festival, which is on from March 17-18.

He'll make one more appearance on Sunday, March 11, at Yagan Square in the city from 11am-1pm. 

Nipper will have some competition for the limelight on the Mandurah Crab Fest weekend, however, with Samantha Jade and Eskimo Joe announced as the festival's headline acts. 

Jade will perform on the evening of Saturday, March 17, while Eskimo Joe will take to the stage the following afternoon.

The festival will also include a cooking stage hosted by Peter Rowsthorn, plus fireworks and children’s entertainment including art workshops and a touch pool.

Food options will include food trucks and a crab boil, while Mandurah Cruises will offer special Crab Fest cruises including Aboriginal culture cruises and a chance to catch your own crayfish or crabs. 

Crab Fest has grown to become WA's biggest free regional event, attracting more than 100,000 people last year.

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