Big Blue Crab almost back! – Auction to fund lighting, signage landscaping | News

Keep Aransas County Beautiful (KACB) has announced the exciting final push – an online auction – to bring the beloved Big Blue Crab back to Rockport.

The Big Blue Crab fundraiser began about three months after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the iconic tourist attraction at the by the Bay winery.

The funds for the sculpture and installation have been collected.

The special online auction is funding the landscaping, signage, and lighting of the memorial path around the Big Blue Crab so people can sit and reflect on the past and present of their loved ones who made our community special. Every engraved brick and bank will honor those past, present and future that mean so much to Rockport.

The public will be able to preview the auction starting Wednesday, February 10th. It will go live on Sunday, February 14th at 12:00 noon. The auction will run through Saturday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. (Rockport Blue Crab time zone).

One lucky bidder will get the thrill of owning a memorial of the new Big Blue Crab. The sculptor Joe Barrington created a small replica of one of the crab claws. It’s made of the same material and powder-coated as his epic creation, which should be back at the entrance to Rockport Beach this summer. This unique “historical masterpiece” is on display at the Winery on the Bay (1007 E. North Street).

Willie Nelson donated a portion of his fan club swag for the auction, and there’s a signed JJ Watt football helmet, fun gift baskets, unique art, and more.

The final development plans start in March and end in June / July. KACB will attend and celebrate the bicentenary events.

The Big Blue Crab welcomed generations to Rockport and will do so again despite the efforts of Hurricane Harvey. The Big Blue Crab has been an integral part of Rockport since the 1950s and will be proud again at the entrance to Rockport Beach as an enduring and enduring symbol of Rockport Strong.

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