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Matagorda Boil Blast success despite gloomy Mother Nature

By JR Ortega
Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:03 a.m.

Hundreds of people turned out to the second annual Matagorda Day Boil Blast on Saturday. Aside from music, games and vendor booths, the big deal was the shrimp boil. People lined up with their boxes of shrimp, complete with the fixings of sausage, corn and red potatoes.

MATAGORDA - A steaming wire container carrying freshly cooked corn on the cob rises from the boiling water, releasing a scent calling all those around one thing - the shrimp boil is ready.

People filed under the canopy on a damp Saturday in Matagorda for the second annual Matagorda Day Boil Blast to get their boxes of shrimp boil, complete with the fixings of potatoes and corn on the cob.

But the Boil Blast is more than just good food, beachside beer, music and games - it's about the children. Last year, the blast brought more than $40,000 in funds for the students of the small fishing community.

"It's a big community thing," said Debbie Brannan, a Matagorda resident who did not let a dreary rain forecast stop her from enjoying the festivities, especially the funnel cake. "The more people you can get, the better."

The big worry for Saturday's Boil Blast was the high rain chance, which managed to push back the Boil Blast two hours. Still, Gina and Buddy Treybig, husband and wife organizers, were not about to cancel.

This year's event brought in about $65,000 and more than 800 guests, said Gina Treybig, who organizes the event with her husband, Buddy.

"It was a very scary situation with the rain, but all in all, I am really thankful for everyone who participated," Treybig said.

The Masonic Lodge No. 7 in Matagorda continued its raffle at the Boil Blast. The lodge was auctioning off several guns and other items.

"It's a matter of kids going to college or not going to college," said James Snedecor, with the lodge.

Vendors were also in on the celebration and assistance.

Vendor Eleanor Griffeth was glad to see the rain let up early Saturday afternoon. Griffeth owns at home business The Green Grape, a business with different knick-knacks made mostly of recycled items, like wine glass and wine bottles.

By mid-afternoon, Griffeth had made several sales. Griffeth is not new to selling at events like Boil Blast. She usually has a booth with area market days.

"I did well," she said. "I was hoping the rain didn't mess everything up."

John Chaviers' daughter Taylor Galey, 5, dipped her painted toenails into a puddle of water and she waited for her father to figure out what to do next.

Chaviers is from Houston and has a boat in Matagorda. He had heard about the event and wanted to be part of the effort.

"It's awesome," Chaviers said. "The rain has let up and it looks like a good turn out. Anything for the children."

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