The Second Annual Matagorda Seafood Fest is on the horizon and with Texas Country Music artist Larry Joe Taylor sharing the spotlight with fresh, Matagorda-caught shrimp and oysters, the crowd is expected to grow exponentially this year. The gates will open at 10 a.m. on the block with Matagorda Fireman’s Hall Saturday, March 24. The day will be packed full of fun events that celebrate Matagorda’s main industry—seafood. Delicious heaping plates full of fresh-caught Matagorda shrimp and oysters plus coleslaw and French fries will be served beginning at 11 a.m. for $15 per plate. Though a gate admission of $5 will be charged this year, if you purchase meal tickets in advance or at the door, the gate admission will be waived, said Gina Treybig, Matagorda Seafood Fest committee member. Also, for parties purchasing 10 or more meal tickets in advance, the price per plate will be reduced to $13. Though parents can look forward to a day full of adult fun, kids will enjoy the day at the seafood fest as well. And children 12 and under will not be charged a gate admission. Children’s entertainment will be provided by Zebo the Clown and his friends, inflatable bouncy games and vendors who will offer plenty of kid-friendly merchandise and snacks. Adults will enjoy their choice of two beer gardens, an oyster bar where the top three prize-winning oyster-shuckers in the nations will show off their skills and cash prize paying events. Larry Joe Taylor will hit the stage at 5 p.m. and is scheduled to play a two-hour set. A horseshoe pitching contest will begin at 11 a.m. which will pay out $300 to the first place team; the first place winner of both the men’s an women’s oyster eating contest will each win $150; and the first place winner of the oyster shucking contest will take home $200. A raffle will be held inside Fireman’s Hall and vendors will be stationed around the perimeter of the block. Anyone interested in being a vendor at the event will not be charged a fee and should contact Susan Mitchell at 713-419-9735 to sign-up. Not only will the money earned at the event go to support local community projects, but the event itself has been instrumental in bringing community members together, said Treybig. On Saturday, March 10, about 40 volunteers gathered at Buddy’s Seafood processing plant to spend the day preparing 18,262 shrimp for the event. “It was really nice to see the community get together and do something to promote the kids of our community,” said Treybig. 18,262 headed peeled, deveined, butterflied, breaded and frozen… 40 people showed up to help. It’s really nice to see the community get together and do something to promote the kids. This charity event will seek to raise funds that will be distributed between the Matagorda school district, Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department, Matagorda Community Latchkey Program, Matagorda Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry and Matagorda Historical Society. For more information on event details or contest sign-ups, contact Buddy Treybig at 979-244-6511 or Gina Treybig at 979-241-1534. To purchase advance tickets, contact Matagorda school office at 979-863-7693.