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Kemah Crawfish Festival Returns, 30,000 People Expected To Attend

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It’s time to roll up those sleeves and get dirty: Kemah’s Crawfish Festival is back.

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The city presents the second annual Kemah Crawfish Festival on April 13-15, 2012. The festival takes place under the Kemah Bridge and brings the community together for delicious food and great entertainment.

The festival will quickly have your mouth watering as they are bringing in farm-raised crawfish straight from Louisiana. James Wimberley, better known as the Cajun King of Cookers, will be this year’s crawfish handler. At $2 a pound, you’ll be coming back for more.

In addition to mudbugs, the festival will serve Cajun dishes, including shrimp creole, jambalaya, gumbo, pistolettes, crawfish etouffee, and fried alligator. Bob Fuldauer, one of the event’s promoters, said the menu is constantly being added to each day. There will also be classic festival fare to enjoy as well, including hot dogs, kettle corn, corn dogs, funnel cake and much more. All that’s asked of visitors is to come hungry! For those daring enough, there will be a crawfish eating contest.

“This really is an eating event,” Fuldauer said. “Everybody comes to eat and we want to make sure they have a big variety.”

For entertainment, the band lineup this year benefits the Houston Blues Society, and you’ll quickly find yourself dancing to Zydeco, country and classic rock music. Fuldauer added there will be an extra stage this year devoted exclusively to blues music.

Legendary Houston Oilers quarterback, Dan Pastorini, will be at the festival meeting people, signing copies of his latest book, and presenting the trophy for the Gulf Coast Washer Pitching Championship.

Fuldauer said he is expecting around 30,000 people to attend the event over the three day period. “This year, we are most excited about being ready for [the festival]. There will be a lot more crawfish, a lot more people at the door, a lot more people serving crawfish,” Fuldauer said. “[We are] a lot more prepared for the big turnout.”

There will also be more police on hand to direct traffic.Tickets to the Kemah Crawfish Festival are $7 for adults. Children ages 12 and under, and military members in uniform or with valued active service identification can get into the festival for free. If you’re interested in attending all three days, a pass for April 13-15 is $18. Tickets can be purchased in advance or upon your arrival at the festival.

The Houston Blues Society is among the beneficiaries of this community event. Mark your calendars now, and get ready for some of the best food and live entertainment Kemah has to offer.

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