30th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival
Spring Gets Spicy At the 30th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival
By: Kelly Woodard
Bugs are invading downtown Pensacola! Mud bugs, that is. Show your love for these spicy little critters at the 30th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival, next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 2nd through May 4th in downtown Pensacola’s beautiful Bartram Park.
One of the state’s largest crawfish boils, this favorite festival brings a little of the Louisiana bayou right here to Pensacola Bay. There will be a wide range of Cajun fare such as crawfish poboys, crawfish pies, and of course, 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, as well as other traditional fare like hot dogs and hamburgers.
Along with great food, festival patrons will enjoy a variety of foot-stomping music straight from the Louisiana Bayous. Kicking off the live entertainment on Friday, May 2nd at 3 pm is The Upstarts, followed by The Redfield, and Wayne Toups at 8:30 pm.
On Saturday, May 3rd, the music gets started early with Hazy Ray at 11 am followed by the AJ Ghent Band at 1 pm. Later at 3:30 pm, Chubby Carrier takes to the stage followed by Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars at 5:30 pm, and Super Funk Fantasy at 8:30 pm.
Rounding out the music lineup on Sunday, May 4th is Gravy at 11 am, Rollin’ In the Hay at 12:30 pm, and Cowboy Mouth at 3 pm.
Get ready for the 9th Annual Cat Country 98.7 Crawfish Eating Contest. Choose from the kids, adults, and CrawDADDY divisions. Entry Fees: Kids - free, Adult - $5 and CrawDADDY - $10. Registration begins 30 minutes before the competition starts. Bring your cheering section and enter for your chance to win prizes from Cat Country 98.7.
Don’t leave the little ones at home! Saturday and Sunday, there will be plenty for the kiddos to do in the family area. Tons of crafts, games, face painting and the famous "NASCRAW" crawfish races.
Daily admission to the 2014 Pensacola Crawfish Festival is $5 for adults, with free admission to children 12 and under. A weekend pass for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is available for $10. Pop in for lunch on Friday and get in FREE before 3 pm. All active duty military with valid id will receive free admission all day on Friday, May 2nd.
Handicapped parking will be available Friday through Sunday, across the street from Bartram Park at Fountain Park. Additional handicapped parking for Saturday and Sunday will be available behind the Florida Public Archeology Network Building on Barracks Street.
The Fiesta 5K and 10K Run/Walk is sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association and will be held Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30 am. The 10K participants will begin at Pensacola State College, while the 5K runners will start from Scott Street and 12th Avenue. Both races will finish at Seville Square. Those who run in the race will receive free admission to the Pensacola Crawfish Festival on (Saturday) that day. Come Eat, Run & Relax with some Cajun flair! For more information, please visit www.pensacolarunners.com.
For more festival information, call 850-433-6512.