Tropical Storm Nestor delayed but hardly stopped the 30th annual Lobster Festival and Tournament at Schooners in Panama City Beach on Saturday.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — As dozens of couples and families gathered on the beach behind Schooners in Panama City Beach to eat more than 7,000 pounds of lobster on Saturday, it was hard to tell that the entire festival had been taken down and put back up again overnight.

Tropical Storm Nestor caused massive waves to lap at the edges of the festival into Saturday afternoon, but it did not stop the 30th annual Lobster Festival and Tournament.

The festival is a week long celebration of the lobster at Schooners, featuring specials on lobster menu items, live music, food on the beach and a lobster fishing tournament. The tropical storm did not shut down the entire festival, but did lead to the festival starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and the cancelling of the sandcastle competition.

Three hours before the new official start of the festival, Mark Stoddard of Sandcastles by Mark and his team were putting finishing touches on the centerpiece sandcastle of the event. The nearly 5-foot-tall sculpture included the logo of the restaurant above divers capturing gulf lobsters with their lance-like arms in a bed of sand-carved seaweed. The team was unable to finish earlier in the week because of the rain, but did finish and repair some of the lower sections of the sculpture.

“The wet sand mixed with the salty air creates a sort of crust,” Stoddard said.

That crust protected much of the sculpture from the morning’s rain.

Konrad Jochum, the executive chef over the festival, was excited for the new items this year: lobster grits and lobster étouffée.

“Most people just steam lobster or grill lobster. We take lobster and present it in as many different ways that we can,” Jochum said about his 10 varieties of lobster dishes.

Jochum said that Friday’s outdoor festival was rained out. Staff buried tables and chairs to prevent them from being swept away in storm surge and decided to move the festival opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to give more time to reset the outdoor dining area. But cancelling never crossed his mind.

“We were not going to cancel this. I don’t care, I would never cancel this,” Jochum said.

The lobster tournament is one of the oldest traditions of Schooners’ festival. Seas were rough Saturday, which Jim Wilson, the Schooners employee in charge of the tournament, said caused some teams to delay their start. Divers still have until 3 p.m. Sunday to present their lobster at the weigh-in station.

Attendees did not seem to mind the commotion of workers drilling signs to posts as people waited in line for tickets or delays due to down computer systems. John and Lisa Colotto have come from Ohio five times for the Lobster Festival.

“For this price to listen to live music, eat lobster and dance, its just amazing,” Lisa Colotto said.