Conroe Chamber marks 33rd year to serve up lobster and steak at festival

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Cody Spence (pictured) with All Star Catering takes a bit of the delicious lobster served at the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s 33rd Annual Lobsterfest. The dinner takes place Oct. 3 at the Lone Star Convention Center. Tickets and tables are on sale now.

By Beth O’Brien, reporting for Bluebonnet News of Montgomery County

Lobsterfest is returning to Conroe this Thursday, and if you haven’t already tickets, it’s too late, according to Courtney Galle, Conroe Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce spokesperson. Organizers are expecting a sellout crowd.

Galle said the idea for Lobsterfest came from the Huntsville Chamber.

“Vernon Bowers was really involved in that, and as everybody knows, we just had the unfortunate passing of Buster Bowers, who was an integral part of our event,” said Galle.

Vernon’s son, Buster Bowers, one of the owners of Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish, passed away on Sep. 22.

“Buster was in charge of all the cooking and the food, and we were just heartbroken of his passing. He’s going to be sorely missed in our community, but definitely missed this week at Lobsterfest for sure,” said Galle.

Lobsterfest hasn’t always been held at the Lone Star Convention Center. Over the years it’s been held at the Conroe Country Club and the Fairgrounds.

Mario Valadez (pictured) owner of Conroe’s Incredible Pizza Company tees off at the annual Lobsterfest Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament is October 4 at Bentwater Golf Club. The tournament is hosted by the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce.

There’s also a golf tournament that is held with the festival. It’s used to be held earlier in the day, with Lobsterfest taking place that evening. The golf tournament is now held the next day. This year it falls on Friday, Oct. 4.

“It can be a long day, and then in order to grow the golf tournament, part of it, switching it over to another day, we’re able to have two flights of golf and kind of extend the golf,” said Galle. “We’re real excited to have it at Bentwater this year.”

The fest consists of a lobster and steak dinner, as well as all the fixings.

“We have a wonderful silent auction,” said Galle. “We have some of our committee people getting ready for that too. We normally have 125 to 150 items for the silent auction.”

Travis Brown, Patricia Brown and Justus Corley were in attendance at last year’s Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s Lobsterfest. This year’s event takes place Oct. 3 with a steak and lobster dinner as well as live and silent auction at the Lone Star Convention Center.

Galle talked about some of the more unique items that have been part of the live and silent auctions.

“Last year, we had a Jose Altuve autographed bat that was in a case, and that went for $1,500,” said Galle. “A lot of Astros sports stuff does really well, and we have some great Astros gear again this year.”

Galle said the Chamber normally raises between $80,000 and $90,000 each year through Lobsterfest and the golf tournament.

“It goes back into our Chamber and to our members,” said Galle.

“It’s just a real great community event, very casual,” said Galle. I call it a boots and jeans type of event. We’ll have close to 800 guests there.”

Lobsterfest starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Lone Star Convention Center.

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