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Second annual boil blast heating up

By JR Ortega
Sept. 20, 2012 at 4:20 a.m.

Part of the Matagorda Day Boil Blast's festivities is the shrimp-eating contest. The boil blast also features live entertainment and other activities. The festival helps raise money for Matagorda organizations. Last year the event brought as much as 2,500 people.

This may only be the second year for the Matagorda Boil Blast, but it is sure to be just that - a blast.

The difference this year, said Gina Treybig, one of the committee members and founders, is that it joined with Matagorda Days.

Boil Blast is also in conjunction with what was known as Seafood Fest, she said.

"Last year we probably had close to about 2,500 people," Treybig said.

The event features live entertainment, vendors, a beer garden, live auction and of course, the food and, for the first time, a "Mayor of Matagorda" plaque.

Treybig finds this part the funniest.

"Of course, we're unincorporated," she said laughing.

But the message behind the Matagorda Day Boil Blast is a somewhat serious one. Treybig and the other committee members started the blast to raise funds and continue giving back to the small fishing community right on the coast.

The money raised go to the Matagorda school district, Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department, the Matagorda Community Latch Key Program, the Matagorda Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry, Matagorda Historical Society and Matagorda Friends of the Library.

Treybig and her husband, Buddy, felt having a boil blast like this would help remind Matagorda that it matters. The Treybigs own Buddy's Seafood and Bait shop in Matagorda and felt that, coupled with their love for the community made this event a shoe-in.

Some of the big features of the boil blast include a horseshoe competition and, of course, the men's and women's shrimp eating contest.

For the most part, the rest is just good fun and camaraderie.

The goal this year is simple, try and beat the amount the raise last year and just have some fun.

"We're hoping to do better than last seafood fest," Treybig said. "That way, we can give more back to the community."



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