Texas Crab Festival

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,

Don’t Miss This!

TCF
This is your last chance to be an honored “bannered” Texas Crab Festival sponsor. Texas Crab Festival Sponsorship Opportunities still available. There are a few openings remaining for sponsors, let the Crab Festival promote your business and know that all funds raised go back into out great community.

 

A Taste of Great Gulf Coast Music is What’s Cooking at the Crab Fest

TCF-PR_0The Texas Crab Festival is cooking up more than a weekend of Gulf Coast style food and fun – this year’s entertainment lineup features a taste of great music to please any palate! Featuring rock, country, blues, conjunto, gospel and zydeco favorites playing all weekend long with bands from all around Texas and along the Gulf Coast, there’s sure to be something for everyone at the 30th Annual Crab Fest.

Crab Gumbo Cook-Off takes center stage at the Texas Crab Festival

gumbo_0There are a lot of reasons folks make plans to attend the Texas Crab Festival year after year after year – the great music, the multitude of fun events, carnival rides, craft booths, games and contests. But, it’s the food that’s the real star of the show, with the annual Crab Gumbo Cook-Off taking center stage. The Crab Gumbo Cook-Off has been a part of the Texas Crab Festival for most of its

TCF selects design for 2015 Festival T-Shirt

design_0The 30th Annual Texas Crab Festival went into planning mode back in September 2014 with the T-Shirt Design Contest. The criteria for the design: Music, Art & Crabs – Gulf Coast Style. What would our crab be without the sunglasses and of course, the Bolivar Lighthouse! December 31st was our deadline, and by that time, we had 7 entries to turn into the judges, who after weeks of deliberating,

TCF Golf for Scholarships

golf_00Dabney Harrison pulled it together again for the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. With 36 players and 9 teams, the Texas Crab Festival Golf Tournament teed off on Saturday, November 8th, promptly at 9am. As the team golf carts wheeled around the golf course, the beverage carts kept up a steady pace, Gray and Terri on one side of the course with Bloody Marys and Tom and Georgia with Mimosas

Texas Crab Festival Welcomes 2015 Sponsors

TCF-PR_0Generous Support of Festival Sponsors Vital to Success
The Texas Crab Festival is kicking off preparations for the big 30th Annual Celebration next year and is pleased to welcome a growing list of festival sponsors. Sponsorships are vital to the success of the Texas Crab Festival. Without their generous support and the countless hours of time donated by volunteers the festival would not be

Kickoff Meeting for 2015 Texas Crab Festival

TCF-0Texas Crab Festival would like to invite everyone to a 2015 Crab Fest Kickoff Meeting. The Texas Crab Festival will be celebrating 30 Years of Art, Music and Crabs in 2015, and needs your help to make this the biggest, most exciting and fun festival yet. Vendors, sponsors, volunteers and fresh ideas are all needed to make it happen. The Kickoff starts Friday, October 17th at 6:00pm at Stingaree Down Under, located at 1295 Stingaree Road in Crystal Beach, Texas.

We Need Your Help….

TCF_help…In gathering factual and interesting information about the 30-year history of the exciting Texas Crab Festival. If you participated early on, remember a truly dynamic performance, or found a food you love over the years, share your thoughts and photographs. Please send ideas, information, or photos to brendacannonhenley@yahoo.com. You may also call Brenda to share your memories at 409-781-8788. We would

Crab Festival on “Carnival Eats”

The Texas Crab Festival will be featured on The Cooking Channel's "Carnival Eats" program, Thursday, October 9 at 9:30 pm CT. (232 on Direct TV, 113 on DISH). Noah savors a soft shell crab taco, coconut encrusted shrimp and gooey Grasshopper pie while enjoying the hospitality of Crystal Beach, Texas.

The Texas Crab Festival will be featured on The Cooking Channel’s “Carnival Eats” program, Thursday, October 9 at 9:30 pm CT. (232 on Direct TV, 113 on DISH). Noah savors a soft shell crab taco, coconut encrusted shrimp and gooey Grasshopper pie while enjoying the hospitality of Crystal Beach, Texas.

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