The 26th annual Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Fest, continues today and Sunday, July 4th.
The Crab Fest is held on the OLG Church Grounds, 228, S. Beach Boulevard, Bay St. Louis, today from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pam Metzler, Crab Fest chairman, recently reported, “Nothing can stop the Crab Fest. We made it through Katrina and we will make it through the oil spill.”
Metzler said most of the seafood for the event had already been purchased and frozen. She said crabs from Mississippi and Louisiana are still available and she does not see a problem with getting fresh crabs for the event. The OLG Crab Fest is a family orientated event and has events of interest for all ages.
There will be rides for the kids, and fun games, food of all varieties, numerous arts & crafts booths, live entertainment, a mullet net raffle, a draw down of $15,000, and a $1,000 raffle. Live entertainment includes: Saturday, noon-4p.m.; Joe Matherne & Sunshine; 7-10:30 p.m., Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Keith Hoda Country Sounds; and from 6 -10 p.m., Shea Michels & Company. Food is available beginning at noon each day.
Seafood specialties include: Stuffed crab, crab stuffed potatoes, crab & shrimp biscuits, crabby patties, boiled crabs, fried soft shell crab plates and crab meat pies.
Seafood and other specialties continue; shrimp po-boys, boiled shrimp, b.b.q. shrimp po-boys, crawfish etoufee, gumbo, red beans & rice, cold shrimp pasta salads, seafood lasagna, jambalaya, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, and fried catfish plates.
There will be refreshments, snowballs, cotton candy, candies and all types of desserts.
Members of Our Lady of the Gulf have been busy for months, preparing the many varieties of seafood that will be available for the church’s annual fund raiser.
The $15,000 drawdown will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
BY: Ellis C. Cuevas
The Sea Coast Echo