2014 Texas Crab Festival was a Successful Weekend of Fun, Sun and Quite a Few Surprises
Over 5000 visitors enjoyed a beautiful weekend of art, music and crabs at the annual Texas Crab Festival at Gregory Park in Crystal Beach this year. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors, the efforts of nearly 200 enthusiastic volunteers and the participation of over 60 food and arts & crafts vendors, the 2014 festival was a rousing success. That success, as always, translates into funds that are used to support scholarships and local charities.
Proceeds from the annual Gumbo Cookoff were dedicated to a very special cause this year – The Lone Survivor Foundation. Along with the multitude of fresh gumbo choices, visitors also enjoyed a variety of delicious dishes prepared for the Crab Dish Contest. A television crew showed up to film the festivities for an episode of a new program to air in August. Cast and crew roamed the grounds all weekend, capturing the food, fun and atmosphere of the Texas Crab Festival, and interviewing many in attendance. We were also joined by Hollywood celebrity Anthony Anderson, who lent his comedic talents to entertain guests while acting as a festival judge. Howard’s Seafood took First Place in the Crab Dish Contest, while La Playita won the People’s Choice Award.
Guests enjoyed a schedule packed with entertainment all weekend long. Musical guests included regular crowd favorites Wayne Toups and Ezra Charles along with many, many others that kept festival-goers dancing all day and night. A second Two-Step contest was added on Saturday with film crews capturing the action. The Kid’s Stage featured magic and balloon art by David Wonders. There were a variety of fun, crab-themed games to be found in the Crab Arcade area, run by volunteers from local schools and charitable groups. Visitors enjoyed the ever-popular Crab Races and Crab Legs Contest. A Washers Tournament generated some pretty intense competition as well this year. The Carnival Midway rounded out the fun and featured a Ferris wheel and many other favorite games and rides for the young and young at heart.
Festival participation was up across the board this year. We had a huge turnout for the 5K/1K Race/Walk, with runners of all ages participating. There were also a record number of canine runners taking part in the Wiener Dog Races, with “Boomer” emerging as the victorious pooch.
Other successes included a very popular t-shirt design that completely sold out; a number of great entries in the Kid’s Media Contest showed off the talent and hard work of our local kids; local businesses donated some really great items for the Silent Auction and Door Prizes. One lucky person from Pasadena won a brand new Golf Cart in the raffle.
Next year will be a milestone 30th year for the Texas Crab Festival, so mark your calendars now, for the best is yet to come! Mother’s Day Weekend, May 8-9-10, 2015.