Replica claw

A small replica of the Big Blue Crab claw is available for viewing at Winery by the Bay in downtown Rockport. It is made with the same materials used in the actual Big Blue Crab.

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

Fundraising to bring back the Big Blue Crab started at the Winery by the Bay about three months after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the iconic tourist attraction.

The funds for the sculpture and installation have been raised.

The special online auction will fund the landscaping, signage and lighting of the memorial brick pathway around the Big Blue Crab, allowing people to sit and reflect about loved ones past and present who made our community special. Each engraved brick and each bench will honor those past, present, and future that mean so much to Rockport.

About the auction

The public can preview the auction starting Wednesday, Feb. 10. It will go live at 12 noon Sunday, Feb. 14. The auction will run until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 (Rockport Blue Crab time zone).

Visit https://www.biddingowl.com/KeepAransasCountyBeautifu (This is the correct, there is no “l” at the end).

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

Willie Nelson donated some of his fan club swag for the auction, and there’s an autographed J.J. Watt football helmet, fun gift baskets, one of kind art, and more.

About the Blue Crab

Final development plans will begin in March and conclude in June/July. KACB will join in with the Sesquicentennial events and celebrate.

The Big Blue Crab welcomed generations to Rockport and will again in spite of Hurricane Harvey’s best efforts. A fixture in Rockport since the 1950s, the Big Blue Crab will again stand proud at the entrance to Rockport Beach, as a lasting and durable symbol of Rockport Strong.

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