30th annual OLG Crab Fest sees record crowd
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 8, 2014, 20:56
A record crowd showed up this year for the Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Fest. Below, OLG's Father Michael O'Conner observes the festivities. This year, the Crab Fest raised more money than it ever has before, organizers said.
The Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Fest has been a mainstay in Bay St. Louis for the past 30 years, but this year's event was different, officials said Tuesday.
This year, the festival saw a record number of people attend the festival and a record amount of money raised, organizer Pam Metzler said.
"This was the best Crab Fest ever," Metzler said Tuesday. "We raised more money that we ever had and there were tens of thousands of people. On Saturday and Sunday, we were running out of food. I had to make four food runs."
Metzler said she never reveals the total amount of cash raised, but this year's take was "well above" the previous record.
That money will go to OLG church, which uses it for education and various charity works in the community.
Metzler said she has seen an uptick in attendance and money raised in the past few years.
"We have done a lot of advertising," she said. "Plus, the bands have good followings. Most of all, I think, families enjoy the festival because it is a safe and friendly environment. We did not have any law enforcement issues or disturbances."
Metzler said she wanted to thank the hundreds of volunteers who helped and the community for supporting the event.
"We could not do it without all of the volunteers," she said. "The Crab Fest has become such a big event. It is not just a Catholic event. It's an event for the entire community. I think we have one of the best festivals on the Gulf Coast."