Porter-Leath’s Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

From Porter-Leath’s website:

For over 150 years, Porter-Leath has been the primary resource for Memphis’ at-risk children and families. By focusing on the essential building blocks of healthy development, we not only give them access to the tools they need, but also a sense of hope. The result is Porter-Leath helps build stronger children, stronger families and a stronger Memphis.

For fifteen years, Porter-Leath has also been putting on the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. This big, beautiful, and free(!) festival brings attention to the work that Porter-Leath does. It also brings a band, a crawfish race, bobbing for crawfish (Um, is that really a challenge if they are likely to just latch onto your nose?), a gumbo cooking contest, and over five tons of crawfish.

If you’re old and crotchety, like Squirrelly, Jr., you should consider making a reservation for The Swamp, the festival’s VIP tent. For $40 per person or $70 per couple, you get access to a bottomless gumbo pot, all the crawfish you can eat, beer, and a shady tent with tables, chairs, and a great view of the band. Better yet, be the big crawdaddy with the Lagniappe package. For $500, you get ten all-access passes and ten limited edition t-shirts commemorating the festival. For more details, email Emily Ketner or check Porter-Leath’s website.

The Squad is already signed up. You should sign up soon too, because The Swamp will fill up fast. Admittance to the festival is free(!!), but hustle if you hope to get any of that five tons of crawfish. I’ve seen Teh Boy eat.

Adult supervision edit: The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival will be held at Wagner Place between Union and Beale on Sunday, April 22, 2007, from noon until 6 p.m.

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