Faunsdale hosts Alabama Crawfish Festival

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 20, 2007

FAUNSDALE &8212; This weekend the town will roll out the red carpet as an invitation to crawfish lovers, bikers, entertainers, families and children alike to experience the 2007 Alabama Crawfish Festival.

The festival has the all the fixing&8217;s of a crawfish festival: crawfish eating, fiddling, frolicking, children&8217;s activities, dancing, mechanical bull riding, socializing with people met at the annual Alabama Crawfish festival in years past and listening to music by country and rock bands on Friday and Saturday.

The festival has continually grown in popularity over time and is credited to a man who is said to be proud of his Louisiana heritage, who knows crawfish and knows a good time, Ca-John Broussard. He is known as the sole driving force behind the festival and its growth.

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The crowds attending the event have grown to over 60,000 for the two-days of activities. This year the Faunsdale Bike Rally will be held this weekend as well bringing more than 30,0000 people to the area each day.

The festival will cater to all spectrums of society including family fun, arts and crafts and children&8217;s activities outside the area where the musical performances will be held for the adults.

The event will headline bands such as Desperate Measures, a Tuscaloosa party band, Rolling In The Hay, a southern rock band, Frankie Velvet&The Mighty Veltones and Wes Looper.

A crawfish eating contest will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the former mayor of Tuscaloosa, Al DuPont, as the master of ceremonies and Tuscaloosa Police Chief, Ken Swindle as the judge.

Gates and activities begin at 10 a.m. and continues &8220;until&8221; each night.

Faunsdale is located on Hwy. 25 at the intersection of U.S. 80, west of Selma and east of Demopolis.