Golf Cart Winner

Norman Barnhart receiving the keys to the custom golf cart given away at the Texas Crab Festival. Anne Willis drew Norman’s winning raffle ticket on Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the festival. Congratulations, Norman.

Texas Crab Festival Celebrates 33rd birthday in 2018 Featuring Music, Art, and Crabs

By Brenda Cannon Henley
One of the most successful traditions on the Bolivar Peninsula and throughout beautiful Southeast Texas is the Texas Crab Festival held at Gregory Park on Highway 87. It is held on Mother’s Day weekend each year and families from all over have made it the go to event to celebrate moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, other family members,

Texas Crab Festival 5K

Texas Crab Festival 5KSign up now for the Texas Crab Festival certified 5K/1K Run, brought to you by PLATINUM Sponsor SWEAT FITNESS in Crystal Beach. Wear your Craziest Crab Costume. Best Dressed Crab runner receives a trophy. All participants receive a T-shirt, entry to Texas Crab Festival, race bags and goodies! Sign up online at this link:

The Crab Festival is Gulf Coast Fun

Gulf Coast Style fun is right around the corner. Come on out for the 33rd Annual Texas Crab Festival on Mother’s Day Weekend. There is so much to enjoy – fun for all ages! Kick off the weekend on Friday evening with some live music from local favorites and other familiar names. Boot-scoot around the dance floor for the Two Step Contest. All while the kiddos enjoy magic, balloons, and

2018 Crabfest T-Shirt Design Contest

One of the time honored traditions of the Texas Crab Festival is the annual T-Shirt Design Contest. Each year, the TCF issues a call to all artists to submit a design to be printed on the Official T-Shirt for the Texas Crab Festival. This shirt is featured everywhere and worn by many, showing support for the event and our community. There are a few requirements for the design, but the overall theme runs

2018 Texas Crab Festival ENTERTAINERS

2018 Texas Crab FestivalThe Texas Crab Festival has just announced the 2018 Music Entertainment lineup, and this year’s headliners include some hefty country credentials. The Texas Crab Fest brings together a variety of artists for a Mother’s Day weekend of gulf coast style Music, Art and Crabs on May 11-13, 2018 in Crystal Beach, Texas. This year’s music lineup is brought to you by 2018 Texas Crab Festival Presenting Sponsor

5K is Bigger, Better, and Crabbier

Texas Crab Festival 5k is Bigger, Better, and CrabbierThe Texas Crab Festival 5K/1K Fun Run/Walk has gotten bigger, better and crabbier each year since it got its start in 2013. Participants are encouraged to wear their craziest crab costumes for the event, making it even more fun to watch, run or walk! There are prizes and trophies awarded in several categories in the USATF certified run, including one for Craziest Crab Costume. Included in your packet

Jane Long is still going strong

janelong_0By Linda Elissalde
Jane long represents the courage of the past,
the joy of the present and the hope for the future!

Every Texas school child knows that Jane Long is called the Mother of Texas. She earned this sobriquet because she gave birth to one of the first pioneer children in Texas. However, Jane did much more than that. Jane Long

Historical Markers on Bolivar

Hmarker-00Historical markers can be found on many of the highways and byways throughout the state. These markers commemorate diverse topics in Texas past, including historical settlements, symbolic buildings, military sites, and important individuals. We have all seen them, but do we take the time to stop and read the story? On Bolivar, there are several historical markers that tell part of the rich history of

Congratulations, Daniel

Daniel Groberg, winner of the $1000 gift card at the 2017 Texas Crab Festival raffle.

Daniel Groberg, winner of the $1000 gift card at the 2017 Texas Crab Festival raffle.

Festival Fun Run

5k-00The Texas Crab Festival 5K Run, now in its 5th year, was another huge success and brought out many runners and supporters. With 238 registered runners, many being repeat runners for all five years now, the continued support is greatly appreciated. One of our own, Dan Priest, who helped bring the 5K fun run to the Texas Crab Festival, has now qualified for the extreme accomplishment –

TCF visitors gobble up the Gumbo

gumbo-0Among the many attractions at the Texas Crab Festival each year is the renowned Gumbo Cookoff. This year’s popular event consisted of five teams competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place trophies as well as the People’s Choice award. The teams began filling the air with the gumbo aroma at 8 am on Saturday morning, enticing the growing crowds to linger for their bite of the goodness. By 11 am, festival folks

Crab Fest Golf

TCFgolf-0Sunny skies and a calm breeze greeted the forty golfers on Saturday participating in the 2017 Texas Crab Festival Golf Tournament. Teams were selected by blind draw on Friday Night at the calcutta, hosted by Chris and Karen Gatlin at Tiki Beach Bar & Grill. With perfect conditions and a well-groomed course, low scores were anticipated. Tee off was at 8:00 with a shotgun start. As always, Gray Hays

TCF Banner Hunt

selfie0The 2017 Texas Crab Festival awareness is heating up. The Banner Selfie Hunt brought the TCF craze to social media and hashtags. The Texas Crab Festival FaceBook page and the hashtag #TexasCrabQuest were booming with excitement as page followers were on the hunt for the TCF banners all around the peninsula. They were challenged to find one of the six banners hanging outside and inside at various

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

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

A Ritzy and Roaring Good Time

MG_0Under blue skies and a gentle breeze on Saturday, the 27th Annual Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras Parade was underway in Crystal Beach. People started lining the highway several hours before the 11:30am start, waiting to hoot and holler and cheer on the parade. Nearly a hundred floats, vehicles, and fire trucks traveled down the highway with revelers all dolled up to the theme “Roaring 20’s and all that Jazz”,

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

Jane Long Spread in Ranch Land Magazine

janelong_00By Brenda Beust Smith
Texas Land — Land Magazine has given Jane Long and the Jane Long Festival a fabulous four-page spread in its Winter 2016 issue. If you’re not familiar with this magazine, it’s filled with incredible photography of Texas ranch lands and other massive native habitat acreage sites for sale. It also includes wonderful stories of life on Texas

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

Jane Long Festival THANK YOU!

jlty_0By Linda Elissalde,
All of the Jane Long Festivals have been outstanding. While is hard to get a group of people to agree on anything, everyone agreed that the 2016 Jane Long Festival was the best. Cannon fire, rifle shots, fireworks, a scavenger hunt, all types of vendors, food, musical numbers, bunker tours, children’s art contest and our play

The Jane Long legend lives on

janelong_00Cannons booming, pirates brandishing swords, Indians lurking, boogie woogie dancers, Sam Houston, Mirabeau B. Lamar and Jean Laffite. You name it! We had it all at the 2016 Jane Long Festival last weekend. The Festival celebrates the courage and spirit of Jane Long and the residents of Bolivar Peninsula. The Festival is held on the grounds of Fort Travis Seashore Park, with the

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