D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A southern dish is becoming a staple in South Mississippi festivals and the City of D'Iberville is cashing in for a good cause. Boxes of crawfish served as the centerpiece for the first ever D'Iberville Crawfish Festival Saturday afternoon.
And just like the crawfish music festival held at the coliseum each year there was more than just mud bugs.
"We got live music. We got vendors. Crafts and food. We got a carnival here. Crawfish. We got beer," Entertainment Coordinator Ben Sanders said.
Sanders and other organizers are with a group called the D'Iberville Youth Athletics. They say proceeds for the event are going to youth sports.
"Possibly we can lower registration fees or even some kids who can't afford to play ball, we can bring those kids in so no child gets left behind."
"This means a lot to be able to provide of the league. Each and everyone of us that started this. We've always looked at everything by doing stuff for these kids. You keep the kids on the ball field, you keep them out of trouble," organizer Troy Fountain said.
The two day community event is definitely keeping the children in mind. Once they walk through the entrance they're met with a myriad of games and rides that range from bouncy houses to the ever popular hamster balls. All the activities have parents hoping they can bring their little ones back next year.
"I think coming here it starts them on a tradition. A town and family tradition. You come as a family. You sit down. You have crawfish as a family. It's a family event," parent and attendee Ashlee Callegari said.
Paying for the costly athletic programs isn't easy, but with the help of tasty red crustaceans, youth sports won't be leaving D'Iberville anytime soon.
The festival lasts until Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.