For the past 30 years or so, the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce has been serving up Cajun-style shrimp with all the fixings along with cold beer and other drinks for its annual shrimp boil and dance.

This year’s event, which will feature the tasty crustacean in abundance, will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Nessler Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City.

The mainland soiree also will include Ray Brooks’ spicy jambalaya, a hot dog dinner for the kiddos who may not like shrimp and the smooth sounds of the Pee Wee Bowen Band.

Shrimp boil committee members Jayson Davis, Pete Dunn, George Faust, Jason Hayley, and Nick Stepchinski are hoping the community is taking advantage of buying tickets in advance and that everyone comes out to have a good time.

“As chairman of the shrimp boil I can promise you, you won’t leave hungry,” Dunn said. “Each plate comes with shrimp, jambalaya, potatoes, corn, plus two drink tickets! That’s a great value for a great cause, so we hope to see the entire community there.”

The shrimp boil is a staple in the mainland community and boasts crowds of 1,200 people or more each year. This year, the layout will be somewhat different as it will allow more room for those wanting to get on the dance floor, said Darci O’Brien, membership relations manager of the chamber.

“The shrimp boil and dance is a fun time for all,” O’Brien said. “This year we are changing up the layout some because we want to encourage everyone to eat in the Wings of Heritage room at the Nessler Center. And not only will the Pee Wee Bowen Band be performing, but entertainer Thomas Dickerson also will be sharing the main stage. So, we’re going to have a great time next weekend and we’re inviting everyone to come on out.”

For those who don’t have time to stay for dinner, carryout and drive-thru lines also will be available.

Tickets are $25 in advance per person, or $30 per person at the door. Kids meal tickets are $5 and includes a hot dog, chips, cookie and a drink.

“The shrimp boil and dance is a long-standing event that brings the community together,” said Davis, co-chair. “It’s also a great opportunity for chamber members to network, socialize and just have a lot of fun.”

The annual communitywide event also will include volunteers from the chamber as well as from the Texas City Independent School District.

If you’d like to volunteer, purchase tickets, or get more information, visit www.tclmchamber.com or call 409-935-1408.

“The shrimp boil is not only a community event, it’s a great time to network with business associates and clients,” said Jenny Senter, president of the chamber. “I can think of no better way to enhance your business than in a relaxed atmosphere like the shrimp boil. We’re hoping that the community comes out and supports us all while having fun doing so.”

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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