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2013 Arizona Crawfish Festival
2013 Arizona Crawfish Festival
brought to you by the Arizona Crawfish Company
Who: Arizona Crawfish Company
What: 2013 Arizona Crawfish Festival
When: August 10th, 2013 Noon -9:00PM
Where: Bison Ranch. Overgaard, Arizona
Why: Raise awareness of Crawfish in Arizona and educate wildlife enthusiasts on personal harvest and consumption of Crawfish.
Details: Due to popular demand, the Arizona Crawfish Festival is BACK!
In 2003 the festival was birthed by Louisianan born radio host Rosie Romero upon hearing crawfish were over populating our waterways. After two years on the shoreline of Willow Springs Lake, the attendance and popularity was growing so rapidly a site with basic facilities and services was required. The festival then merged with a similar event and held on the lawn of Camp Verde’s historic Fort Verde. Camp Verde's festival held it’s last festival in 2010.
It was during this eight year run of annual crawfish boils that Arizona Crawfish Company’s founders Bobby Avery and Romey Romero met when they faced off for the eating contest in 2004.
Like the original festival at Willow Springs Lake, this year’s crawfish will be from Arizona’s waterways. Trapping teams are being assembled and assigned to lakes, rivers and streams along the Mogollon Rim for maximum extraction. In the past this had always been a challenge because of the transportation regulations on crawfish in Arizona set and enforced by the Arizona Game & Fish Department in order to prevent further infestation. However, special permitting has been granted for this event and the goal is to remove 10,000 pounds of crawfish in the week long trapping contest leading up to the festival.
All trapped crawfish will legally be transported under Game & Fish supervision to Bison Ranch for the August 10th Festival where they will be boiled and served to festival attendees!
In addition to the trapping contest, the festival will consist of a crawfish boiling contest judged by both Louisiana natives and a local People’s choice award. There will be a crawfish eating contest, other Cajun food vendors, frozen daiquiris, live music, family entertainment and more!
The festival will be held Saturday from Noon to 9:00PM in the lawn courtyard at Bison Ranch in Heber/Overgaard, Arizona. There will be a $5 parking fee benefiting the local lions club and a $15 admission fee per person/$25 per family ($3 per kid 12 years of age and older, under 12 free) to cover staff, entertainment and facility use.
Event sponsorship is available on a limited basis through Arizona Crawfish Company.
For event and sponsorship details, call Bobby Avery at (480)299-7866 or Romey Romero at (602)885-1078. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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