BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis attracted visitors from all over the United States for the 29th annual Crab Fest that kicked off with a bang and a little rain, but it isn't enough to keep the crowd away. Festival attendees traveled as far as Florida and Texas for the event. Event goer, Prezell Goodman, came all the way from Florida for the event.
"My son and daughter-in-law came last year and they said dad you have to come next year and bring mom. So we're here and thought we would check it out," said Goodman.
Shevonne Greaser, is from Bay St, Louis and says she comes home for the festival every year.
"Oh we come for the food, especially now that we live in Houston. We come home to eat," said Greaser.
This year's festival theme was "Keep Calm and Crab On". Some of the cooks wore aprons with the phrase and they even sold some shirts with the slogan. Festival Chairperson, Pam Metzler sported hers as she talked to WLOX about the first day turnout.
"Believe it or not I have a better crowd this Friday than last year when it was so hot. So I think people are enjoying the cool breeze and a few sprinkles aren't running them away," said Metzler.
The crab festival is Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church's biggest annual fundraiser, seeing over 10,000 people each year. With menu items like crab stuffed potatoes, seafood gumbo, and award winning red beans and rice, festival promoters promise you won't leave hungry.
Though Mother Nature has called for a wet weekend, crab fest organizers say have an umbrella or a poncho. Bring your appetite and you're sure to have a good time.