Organizers were able to host the annual Lobsterfest event in person this year for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fundraiser happened Friday night at Affinity Place with more than 600 people filling their plates with lobster in support of the Rotary Club of Estevan.

"Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable time," said Rotary Club President Amanda Olson. "We fed a lot of people...good food, good fun. I think everyone was just really excited to be back out and seeing other people and just having a good evening."

"We kind of missed the whole party atmosphere and getting everyone together and so we were excited to return to in-person this year."

During the last couple years, organizers had been forced to put on a scaled down, drive thru version of the event.

The 50/50 portion of the event raised just shy of $2,000, while the silent auction brought in another $6,000 plus.

"We're still calculating things out, but we've definitely got about $20,000 going straight to our club's foundation, for bigger projects," Olson said. "And then we'll have a pretty similar amount coming back to the club for more local projects as well."

Olson said one of those local projects is partnering with Estevan Minor Baseball to upgrade its facilities, including concessions and dugouts, so that Estevan can host future provincial tournaments.

Video credit to MAK Productions.