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Deadline May 5 to Get Crawfish Fest Tickets

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, contact a Rotary Club of FishHawk/Riverview member.

The second annual is just around the corner. But crawfish lovers who wait too long for tickets will be left out in the heat.

The deadline to purchase tickets for the crawfish feast is May 5.

This year the Rotary Club of FishHawk/Riverview is selling only advance tickets so they can ensure there are enough crawfish and fixings to feed ticket-holders.

Rotarians will be heading to Louisiana next week to pick up a truckload of freshly harvested crawfish for this year's festival, which takes place Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Park Square in FishHawk Ranch.

Louisiana native and club member Michael Broussard, who once ran a Cajun catering business, is experienced at procuring and preparing fresh crawfish for crawfish boils.

"It's hard to find fresh crawfish around here, so we're getting our crawfish from a farm in Louisiana," he said. "We'll ice it down and drive it straight to the festival Friday night."

A single ticket is just $15 and a family pack, including two trays of crawfish, two hamburgers or hot dogs and four drinks (water, soda or draft beer) are just $40.

They can be purchased on the club's website or through any club member.

Last year's festival was wildly successful, with 1,400 hungry residents converging on Park Square for a crawfish meal with all the fixings.

The crawfish will be boiled with Cajun seasonings and served with the traditional potatoes and corn to crawfish lovers. The club is hoping for a crowd of 4,000 crawfish connoisseurs this year.

To further get residents in the right mood, a Cajun band will entertain throughout the festival.

In addition, business vendors and sponsors will have booths set up throughout Park Square for residents to peruse.

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