Texas Crab Festival

2017 Texas Crab Festival T-Shirt Design Contest Features Amazing Local Talent

TShirt-0Texas Crab Festival Charities is excited to announce the Winner of the 2017 Texas Crab Festival T-Shirt Design Contest. All the entries were phenomenal this year, but after much deliberation a decision was made. First Place and $100 goes to Philomena “Mena” Baldwin of Beaumont. Outstanding artwork was also submitted from Bolivar artists Ellen Simon and Patti Hagstrom. All of these

Texas Crab Festival Golf Tournament

Golf-0We are excited to announce the Texas Crab Festival Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017. This is the weekend before the start of the Festival, and serves to kick off Festival Week. Tee it up with your friends and help improve the lives of the residents of Bolivar Peninsula. This event is hosted by Texas Crab Festival Charities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves to improve the lives of those

Kids submit T-Shirt designs

Kshirt-0In the fall of each year, the Texas Crab Festival holds a contest to select a design for the official festival t-shirt. Artists submit their entries and a winner is picked by judges. This year, the festival committee decided to hold a similar contest for school children and choose a design to be printed on kids-size t-shirts. Over a hundred entries were received from Crenshaw and High Island students. A panel of

Congratulations to T-Shirt Design Winner

tshirt0Congratulations to Beaumont artist Mena Baldwin, Winner of the 2017 Texas Crab Festival T-Shirt Design Contest! Get your awesome new 2017 Crab Fest t-shirts for just $15 now at Maven’s Clothing. You can also get one at Gregory Park after the Mardi Gras Parade this Saturday, Feb. 25th, and at Latitude 29.2 Surf Shop (after Spring Break). And, of course, at the Crab Fest May 12-14. Look for the artists’

Braving the elements

TCF_TO-GOBy Linda Elissalde
Clouds, wind and fog cannot stay TCFC President Tom Osten and his intrepid wife, Texas Crab Festival Committee Chairperson Georgia Osten, from promoting our community’s TEXAS CRAB FESTIVAL. Georgia and Tom stood in front of The Big Store on a wintery Gulf Coast Saturday to display the 2017 Club Car Golf Cart to be given away at

Texas Crab Festival Charities – Turning the Tide for a Brighter Future

turningtide_0Ever since a group of local friends, residents and business people came together to put on the first Texas Crab Festival in 1986, the Crab Fest has been all about community. Thanks to the continued efforts of local volunteers and sponsors, the annual Mother’s Day Weekend Crab Fest/Beach Party/Family Reunion has grown into a nationally known destination festival, attracting thousands

Texas Crab Festival to be featured on QVC-TV

QVC-DavidFor the month of June, David Venable is hosting a virtual road trip across America “visiting” food festivals that have been nominated by his viewers. Each show (every Sunday & Wednesday) he will feature a different food festival and will use that food festival’s featured ingredient in his show specific recipe. On Wednesday, June 15, David will be inspired by the Texas Crab Festival to create his

Dive into the Fun of the Texas Crab Festival

The Texas Crab Festival kicked off the 2016 season with great weather and an opening ceremony highlighted by skydivers overhead flying a huge American flag. Visitors were greeted to a weekend of family fun that included over 75 booths featuring local businesses, arts & crafts, great festival food and lots and lots of CRABS! A production crew was on site filming the festival for a web program to air this summer, as well as an event cam streaming all the action live!

Visitors enjoyed great Gulf Coast Music all weekend long with crowd favorite Wayne Toups headlining Friday’s festivities and country music legend Mark Chesnutt drawing record crowds on Saturday night. Bill and JoAnn Ackley were even lucky enough to win a guitar autographed by Mark Chesnutt himself. Saturday night’s Donnie Vondra Memorial Two-Step Dance contest saw Mark and Patti Roznavak take the win.

This year’s events and contests saw a record number of entries as participants battled for Texas Crab Festival bragging rights. Over 250 runners (many in crab costumes) came out to take part in the Texas Crab Festival 5K/1K Run/Walk Saturday morning. 5K overall winner of the race was Justin Dodson. 1K overall winner was Logan Thrower. The Gumbo Cookoff had bigger-than-ever crowds coming out to taste the entries with Team Laissez Bon Temps Rouxler coming out on top. More than 100 entries were submitted by local children for the Texas Crab Festival Media Contest. Dottie DoLittle (with Laura Rojas of Galveston) beat out 27 other dogs to become the Wiener Dog Races champion. 44 Teams competed in the Washers Tournament with Team Ramrod taking the top spot. The Drifters battled it out against 15 other teams to win the Bean Bag Toss Tournament. Other winners included Harold LeBlanc of Crystal Beach who won the golf cart raffle.

Mother’s Day Weekend 2016 closed on another successful festival season, all thanks to the tireless efforts of over 250 volunteers and over 50 generous sponsors. The festival would not be possible without their continued support. And as always, all proceeds from the Texas Crab Festival go to fund scholarships, grants and programs that benefit the residents of the Bolivar Peninsula. Stay tuned to see what’s next – visit texascrabfestival.org or follow the latest news on Facebook at facebook.com/texascrabfestival.


Contest and Event Winners

Donnie Vondra Memorial Texas 2-Step Dance Contest, Winner: Mark and Patti Roznavak

Donnie Vondra Memorial Texas 2-Step Dance Contest
Winner: Mark and Patti Roznavak

5K Run - Overall Winner: Justin Dodson 1K - Overall Winner:  Logan Thrower

5K Run – Overall Winner: Justin Dodson
1K – Overall Winner: Logan Thrower

Wiener Dog Races Winner: Dottie DoLittle, owned by Laura Rojas

Wiener Dog Races
Winner: Dottie DoLittle, owned by Laura Rojas

Crab Gumbo Cookoff Winner: Laissez les bons temps rouxler

Crab Gumbo Cookoff
Winner: Laissez les bons temps rouxler

Crenshaw elementary students who won the Crabfest poster contest: Row 1 L-R: Sofia Tovar, Yaremy Herrera, Sol Gutierrez, Eduardo Rodriguez, Sarita Perez, Maddie Blume Row 2 L-R: Carol Guevara, Jada Browning, Cassidy Weber, Ivan Hernandez, Jiya Desai, Lillian Dailey Row 3 L-R:  Freddy Ortiz, Sophie Clark, Ryan McClelland

Crenshaw elementary students who won the Crabfest poster contest:
Row 1 L-R: Sofia Tovar, Yaremy Herrera, Sol Gutierrez, Eduardo Rodriguez, Sarita Perez, Maddie Blume
Row 2 L-R: Carol Guevara, Jada Browning, Cassidy Weber, Ivan Hernandez, Jiya Desai, Lillian Dailey
Row 3 L-R: Freddy Ortiz, Sophie Clark, Ryan McClelland

Crenshaw Middle School students who won the Photo Contest: Row 1 L-R: Julizza Vernon, Blake Walker, Sol Gutierrez, Ana Liz Castillo, Caroline Stallings Row 2 L-R: Dustie Walker, Hannah West, Gabriela Sanchez, Hannah Alexander Row 3 L-R Ameray Perez, Lacye Tedder, Gavin Barnett, Sarah Weeks, Jessica Ortiz, Sage Smith, Mackenzie Catching

Crenshaw Middle School students who won the Photo Contest:
Row 1 L-R: Julizza Vernon, Blake Walker, Sol Gutierrez, Ana Liz Castillo, Caroline Stallings
Row 2 L-R: Dustie Walker, Hannah West, Gabriela Sanchez, Hannah Alexander
Row 3 L-R Ameray Perez, Lacye Tedder, Gavin Barnett, Sarah Weeks, Jessica Ortiz, Sage Smith, Mackenzie Catching

Washers Tournament Winner: Team RAMROD

Washers Tournament
Winner: Team RAMROD

Bean Bag Toss Tourney Winner: THE DRIFTERS

Bean Bag Toss Tourney
Winner: THE DRIFTERS

Golf Cart Raffle Winner: Harold LeBlanc

Golf Cart Raffle
Winner: Harold LeBlanc

Mark Chesnutt autographed guitar Auction Winners: Bill and JoAnn Ackley

Mark Chesnutt autographed guitar
Auction Winners: Bill and JoAnn Ackley


Random shots from the 2016 TCF


Random shots from the 2016 TCF

TCF-2016

More to follow next week,
along with all the news and results from
the 2016 Texas Crab Festival.

2016 Texas Crab Festival – Bigger, Better, Tastier!

TCF_0503-0With an exciting music lineup, fun contests and events all weekend long, get ready to get down and get crabby Gulf Coast Style in Crystal Beach, Texas. The 2016 Annual Texas Crab Fest kicks off its 31st year with big flavor, big entertainment and big fun this Mother’s Day Weekend, Friday, May 6th – 8th, 2016. Enjoy a variety of fresh, unique crab and seafood dishes along with traditional

The first Crab Festival

This was a taken at the very first Crab Festival at Crystal Beach in 1985. Mayme Holloman Woods Frederick and J.W. Frederick were on the Chamber of Commerce, and we were in charge of the Dunking Booth. Hollee Woods was one of the first guinea pigs. Those were the days...this year marks the 31st anniversary. (photo: Kathy Woods-Yeary)

This was a taken at the very first Crab Festival at Crystal Beach in 1985. Mayme Holloman Woods Frederick and J.W. Frederick were on the Chamber of Commerce, and we were in charge of the Dunking Booth. Hollee Woods was one of the first guinea pigs. Those were the days…this year marks the 31st anniversary. (photo: Kathy Woods-Yeary)


Exciting Music Lineup at the 2016 Texas Crab Festival

music_0Get ready to boogie down, boot-scoot and get your groove on to a weekend full of great live music at the 2016 Texas Crab Festival! We’ve assembled an exciting variety of bands to keep you tapping your toes as you enjoy the food and fun of the Crab Fest all weekend long. The festival kicks off Friday afternoon with the National Anthem and a set by local singer Haley Comeaux at 4:30. At 7:00 enjoy the music of

Dive into the Fun of the Contests and Events at the Texas Crab Festival

TCF_events0Part of the fun of the Texas Crab Festival is getting involved in the many events that take place each year. Work off that crab gumbo, have some laughs and make some new friends – you may even win some great prizes! On Friday night the Crab Fest honors Gulf Coast favorite and friend Donnie Vondra with a Memorial Two-Step Dance contest at 8:00 pm. Grab your partner and boot-scoot your way to

TCF Shoutout to our Sponsors

tcfBy Jan Rocco
Just a few months ago, Marlene Mallet and I accepted the challenge to go out and gather sponsors for the 2016 Texas Crab Festival. We have had the best time and met some of the best people; now we are going to do it again for 2017, but are looking for two people to join us so we can “pass the torch” in 2018. We think that it will keep the

David Wonders returns to Texas Crab Festival Kid’s Stage

gishDavid Wonders, with his colorful and comical magic shows and iconic Bodacious Balloon Art that is often larger than the recipient; free of charge to Texas Crab Festival Guest. Adults need not be accompanied by a child to get a sculpture. David will challenge Children and adults alike with his Brain Games: riddles, conundrums and lateral thinking exercises for prizes, and ever popular pull string Piñatas. David reminds

2016 Texas Crab Festival – Bigger, Better, Tastier!

TCF_0We’ve been cooking up plans for a bigger, better 2016 festival filled with more Gulf Coast Style Music, Art and Crabs than ever before, and those plans are really starting to sizzle! We’re very proud to announce an exciting music lineup that includes crowd favorite Grammy-winning Zydecajun artist Wayne Toups on Friday night, with chart-topping Country music legend Mark Chesnutt headlining on

TCF selects design for 2016 Festival T-Shirt

tshirt-0In October, the Texas Crab Festival Committee sent out the call to all artists for entries in the annual T-Shirt Design Contest. There were three excellent designs submitted, making it difficult for the judges to select a winner. After much deliberation, the top prize was awarded to Jerry Goen. The winning design will be featured on the official TCF T-Shirt available for purchase next month. A big thanks to

Turning the Tide for a Brighter Future

fair_00The first ever Opportunity Fair on Bolivar was a huge success. The Texas Crab Festival Charities sponsored event brought college representatives, industry and military professionals, and county and state agencies to Crenshaw School on Saturday to present a variety of educational, employment, and career opportunities. The Fair attracted over forty Bolivar residents of all ages. Participants were

Cooking Up Big Plans for the 2016 Texas Crab Festival

TCF16_0The Texas Crab Festival committee is busy cooking up plans for a 2016 festival filled with more Gulf Coast style Music, Art and Crabs than ever before! With the success of the big 30th anniversary celebration last year the bar has been raised. The Texas Crab Festival earned the title of one of the “Top 10 Food Festivals to Dive Into” from USA Today, and was featured on both the Food Network’s “Eating America”

The 2015 30th Annual Texas Crab Festival Welcomed Record Crowds

tcf0As the sun dipped into Galveston Bay on May 10, it set on a record-breaking year for the Texas Crab Festival. An estimated 8,000 visitors, 250 volunteers and 60 generous sponsors were on board to celebrate the festival’s 30th year, drawn by beautiful sunshine, warm gulf winds and the promise of a weekend filled with music, art and crabs. For many, the Crab Fest is like an extended family reunion,

Folks traveled near and far

TCF-survey_0No doubt about it – folks travel from near and far to experience the infamous Texas Crab Festival. This year we had many special visitors to the Peninsula. Some locals from Crystal Beach invited their friends from Hico, Texas; a small town in central Texas with a population nearing 1400 – “Where Everybody is Somebody!” Another couple from the Woodlands found out about the TCF from the

Jeepers at the Crab Festival

TCF-jeeps0By Brenda McDonald
Crystal Beach Jeepers was honored to exhibit a few jeeps at the Texas Crab Festival, and demonstrate STACKING. Staged by Mike Cameron and the South Coast Jeepers out of Kemah. Shawna Welch, a Crystal Beach Jeeper, was included in the Stacking. Jeepers were Debby Ward, Shawna Welch, Sheila Prisco, Brenda McDonald,

Poster Children

patrickI guess it was the weekend before the Crab Festival, when Sid and I were up at The Big Store selling raffle tickets for the Six-Seater Golf Cart, when this young man and his gorgeous girlfriend stopped to ask what we were doing. We told them about the 30th Annual Texas Crab Festival coming up in just one week, and that the golf cart would be raffled off on Mother’s Day. SO EXCITED, Patrick announced

What a lovely couple

willowThe Moorhouse’s from Lorena, Texas. They were vendors at our Texas Crab Festival this year. Iron Willow is the name of their shop in Canton. On Sunday, I purchased my pink dolphin, who I promptly named Pinkie. She will be hanging from the ceiling in my house soon. As I was strolling the grounds on Monday morning just to see what vendors I still had left, Kelly and her husband were busy

Bing, Bang, Boom!!

TCF_0The 2015 Texas Crab Festival is this weekend!!
Surprise the wife, load up the kids, call the grandparents and inlaws!! You don’t want to miss this major gathering of…Music, Art & Crabs, Gulf Coast Style. This weekend May 8-10 2015, Mothers Day Weekend, Live Music, Crabs Boiled and Fried, Gumbo Cook-off, Wiener Dog Races, 5K Run and 1K Walk on a Timed and Certified Course,

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