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Claw Your Way to the Texas Crab Festival

Bolivar's 29th annual bash offers music, rides, and a cornucopia of crustacean comestibles.

By John Nova Lomax April 30, 2014

Oysters, shrimp, and fish may rule most of the Texas Coast, but from the Bolivar Ferry landing east to the Sabine, blue-tipped crabs are still the king. That's why the Bolivar Peninsula's Texas Crab Festival is celebrating its 29th year on the planet.

Patty Hagstrom's award-winning T-shirt design for this year's Texas Crab Festival.

The crustacean-themed festivities May 9-11 include crab races, wiener dog races, carnival rides, a golf tournament, a fun run, a Texas Two-Step contest, and concerts by Wayne Toups (Friday), Ezra Charles (Saturday), and Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef (Sunday).  Best of all, there's a crab gumbo contest on Saturday, May 10: chefs can enter here. All proceeds go to charity.

Most of the action takes place in Gregory Park, 2297 Highway 87. 

Speaking of "Highway 87"...

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