Music, Art, & Crabs … Gulf Coast Style!

Fun, new memories were made with family and friends – old and new – at the 2018 Texas Crab Fest in Crystal Beach! Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and sponsors we had another outstanding year, pulling together to bring Gulf Coast style Music, Art and Crabs to an estimated 8,000 visitors!

Festival goers enjoyed a full weekend of family entertainment featuring great live music, awesome food, carnival rides, vendor booths, events, contests and games, all kicking off Friday, May 11 with the raising of the Flag and a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by the Crenshaw School children’s choir. The Bolivar Peninsula Chamber and Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce partnered for a grand Ribbon Cutting ceremony, as the community came together for a wonderful tribute to Anne Willis for her 33 years of service to the Texas Crab Festival.

Headliners Shooter Jennings, Jack Ingram, Bag of Donuts and Scott McGill topped off the list of music entertainment, along with Sandy G y Los Gavilanes, Jason Allen, David Joel, the Cadillacs and Mayeaux & Broussard. Local talent also got the spotlight with performances by Haley Comeaux and Bris Crider, as well as the brand new Bolivar’s Got Talent show.

Weekend activities included an exciting Live Auction, a Silent Auction and our big Prize Raffle where we gave away a custom golf cart, Carnival cruise for 2 and a $1,000 gift card. Larry Flanagan acted as emcee to the festivities. We also hosted an RV Show, brought to you by the Festival’s Presenting Sponsor, DeMontrond RV, along with a Boat Show, Car Show and even a Harley-Davidson ride experience. Events included the Donnie Vondra Memorial Texas 2-Step Dance Contest, Texas Crab Fest 5K Run (over 250 participants), Wiener Dog Races, Crab Legs contest, Washers and Cornhole Tournaments, and the Crab Gumbo Cook Off which raised over $1700 for the Lone Survivor Foundation.

The Crab Fest welcomed 18 brand new sponsors this year to reach a total over 60. Their generous support not only made the Crab Fest possible, but also enabled us to donate 100% of net proceeds from the festival to Texas Crab Festival Charities, a 501 © 3 non-profit. TCF Charities has already awarded over $62,000 from this year’s Crab Fest back into the Bolivar community in the form of 16 scholarships, donations to Crenshaw and High Island schools, the Lions Club, and to local youth for summer camps.

For more information on how Texas Crab Festival Charities works to “Turn the Tide for a Brighter Future” for Bolivar residents, visit:

Contest Winners:
• Crab Gumbo Cook Off: Roux Royal with Jan Viet
• Washers Tournament: Alex Garza and Clint Horry
• Texas 2-Step: William and Haley Comeaux
• Corn Hole Tournament: Mickey Nelson and Alvin Choate
• Certified 5K Winners: Women’s Overall: Kimberly Kirkland; Men’s Overall: Jonathan Owens
• 1K Winners: Women: Elise Rehfuss Men: Gabriel Rehfuss
• Wiener Dog Races: Dottie Dolittle/Laura and Roland Rojas
• Custom Golf Cart: Norman Barnhart

The Texas Crab Festival is the 1985 brainchild of local friends and business people seeking both a way promote Bolivar Peninsula and a way to give back to the community. Today, 100% of the net proceeds from the festival go to support Texas Crab Festival Charities, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Since 2013 it has granted over $300,000 to fund scholarships, youth camps and outreach initiatives that help better the lives of Bolivar residents and their families, “turning the tide for a brighter future.” This is only possible through the generosity of our local sponsors, partners and the efforts of countless volunteers, who work tirelessly each year to bring the Texas Crab Festival to Crystal Beach.

The 2019 Texas Crab Festival will be held May 10-12 at Gregory Park in Crystal Beach, Texas.

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TCFC_478Texas Crab Festival Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves to improve the lives of those who call the Bolivar Peninsula home. Since its creation in 2013, TCFC has awarded over $370,000 to help support local residents and organizations. Proceeds from the annual Texas Crab Festival and donations from our patrons are reinvested in the community and help fund youth scholarships and camps, local schools and volunteer fire departments, and various outreach initiatives. So while you, your family, and friends are enjoying all the music, art and fabulous food the Texas Crab Festival has to offer, know that you are also helping to give back to our very special and unique community.