LobsterFest attracts more than 420 diners

More than 420 people attended the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce LobsterFest Dinner Saturday, April 14 at Ford Park. Along with the golf tournament, which was held Monday, April 9 at Texas Country Club and preceded the dinner, LobsterFest is held annually.

“This was the 27th annual, so we’ve been doing this for quite some time,” said Terri Potter, who is executive assistant to Market Basket President Skylar Thompson and co-chaired the event along with her husband, Lee, who is owner of American Air Systems.

“It’s important that we do this because this is one of the larger fundraisers for the Chamber of Commerce,” added Lee. “The Chamber of Commerce does a lot for this area in trying to help businesses and do everything that we can do. The Chamber also funds a youth leadership program and the Leadership Beaumont program, which is going to be in its 48th year and is one of the longest running leadership programs in the state of Texas, if not the longest. … This is how the Chamber funds these through the year and why this event is so important.”

In addition to steak, sponsored by Market Basket, and lobster, corn and potatoes, prepared by Munro’s cooking team and Cooks 2 Dozen, and Nothing Bundt Cakes, which sponsored the desserts, guests also enjoyed entertainment from Country, Blues, and Rock musician Tim Burge & The Reckoning with special guest Scott McGill. According to Burge’s website, “Though primarily known as an ‘electric guitarist,’ he is equally adept at acoustic stylings as well. All the while working to further his ability on banjo, mandolin, dobro, bass, drums, and piano.

“He can be found regularly playing live shows with his own solo or band shows …. or working in a band setting with artists like: Tony Ramey, Bigg Redd & Creole Soul, Backseat Molly, and  Jason Meadows, along with a multitude of other bands as a fill-in musician.”

Howell’s Furniture donated a $2,500 shopping spree. Walmart donated a 65-inch Phillips television for the auction and a pellet smoker for specialty in-house raffles.

Thirty-six golf teams participated in the LobsterFest golf tournament.

“We sold out,” Terri said.