Crawfish Festival eases troubles with food, fun

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - They're small, red and absolutely delicious. But, crawfish is just one way people at the Coast Coliseum Crawfish Festival forget their troubles and had some fun.

"We've seen that throughout the 19 year history of the event. When the economy's a little slow, people still want to come out and be entertained and have fun. They want value for the dollar and they get value here," said organizer Matt McDonnell.

"Everybody has to live a life even though things are tough and all that. You got to have a little fun to be able to live. And this is a place to do it," said Jacob Landry of History Channel's reality show Swamp People.

Landry and his family have been supplying the mud bugs for the festival for years.

The Festival has always drawn big crowds, but with beautiful weather and headliner music acts kicking off this year's event, organizers are expecting new record numbers.

"It's a big event. It's one of the largest festivals in South Mississippi, if not the largest," said McDonnell.

However, the star of the show has to be the festival's namesake, and the cook-off when more than 20 teams compete for a cash prize and the title of best crawfish.

"The best crawfish has to do with the cook. It all depends on how you prepare them, how they season them, how long they soak," said Landry.

"If it's got a little salt, a little spice and a kick at the end, that's good crawfish," said McDonnell.

No matter how you like your crawfish, the best part is digging in and finding the fun.

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