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Crab Fest in Bay St. Louis is a family tradition among volunteers

Crab Fest organizers say the reason the event is still going strong after 31 years is the support of generations of volunteers in Bay St. Louis. (Photo source: WLOX) Crab Fest organizers say the reason the event is still going strong after 31 years is the support of generations of volunteers in Bay St. Louis. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Right now, one of the big Fourth of July traditions on the coast is underway. Crab Fest organizers say the reason the event is still going strong after 31 years is the support of generations of volunteers in Bay St. Louis.

It's hot and it's hard work, but none of that matters to 12-year-old Brady Favre. 

"I was asked if I wanted to come out and help today, so I decided to come out and do some work," said Favre.

Favre is working along side aunts, uncles, and cousins at Crab Fest. It takes about 100 volunteers to pull off the three day festival which is Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church's only fundraiser of the year. So organizers say making it a success is vital.

Volunteer Kevin Haas said, "This is my parish. This is the church I go to and it's great for the community and great for everybody. 

"It's so important, but this has been generations of families," said Festival Coordinator Pamela Metzler. "I have people that work here that worked when they were children. Their parents worked here and now their kids are working here."

Those who started volunteering when they were young said those childhood lessons have stuck with them. 

Zachary Elkins, a volunteer, said, "My parents always instilled a hard work ethic and a good work ethic." 

There are also families who've made it a tradition to come enjoy the food, rides, and crafts.

"Number one, we believe in supporting local events," said Barbara Mooney of Gulfport who came with her family. "This is very important pre-Katrina and post-Katrina."

Some people said the work is their tribute to past generations.

"Well, they're up in heaven watching down over me and telling me that I'm doing a good job helping people," said volunteer Jerry West. 

Crab Fest started Friday, and runs Saturday from 11 am - 11 pm and Sunday from 11 am and 10 pm. 

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