PITTSBURG -- When Bob Jones told Mary Erbez his idea for a citywide annual event, she was intrigued.
And now, 28 years later, the Pittsburg resident is still interested and involved with the Seafood Festival.
The festival had its debut in 1984 after Jones, then chamber manager, decided it would make a great way to showcase the city.
"I thought it was a great idea," Erbez said. "But my initial reaction was, 'Do you think we can really get a lot of people here?' "
Her question was answered that inaugural event day.
"We opened that morning and by noon, we started to run out of food," she said. "We couldn't believe it. We sent everybody out to every grocery store (to get more food). That kept us going until about 3 that afternoon.
"It was a huge success from the very start. It was really exciting."
In those nearly three decades, Erbez has gladly donated countless hours, and is proud the festival continues.
"It's lots of fun ... I go wherever is needed. I just want to help," she said.
In addition to seafood, the event offers an arts and craft exposition, two stages of live entertainment, a kids' play land and petting zoo, and beer and wine pavilion.
"This year, we really want to focus on not only a fun-family event, we also want to bring great, quality seafood," coordinator Monica Couture said in a news release.
Said Harry York, Pittsburg chamber CEO: "This year's event promises to bring lots
Erbez, a former assistant city manager, said the continued success of the festival is "exciting." It showcases our town -- that was the whole intent and purpose."
She enjoys reconnecting with longtime friends and acquaintances.
"It's nice for the community."
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What: 28th annual Seafood Festival
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Railroad Avenue near the Marina, Pittsburg
Cost: $10 adults; $5 for those under 15 and seniors over 62; free under 5 years; Parking is $5 at Third and Harbor streets (includes shuttle to event).
Info: www.pittsburgseafoodfestival.com, www.pittsburgchamber.org or 925-232-4237