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A Craving For Crawdads

Culver Crawdad Fest draws crowd

by: Photo by Joe McHaney - Culver High School opened the Crawdad Festival Aug. 18 by hosting the Redneck 5K Obstacle Course. Above, Brandon Hawes (left) and David Carnes (right) reach the end of the mud pit where runners were required to go below a two-foot rope. The mud pit was one of several obstacles that runners had to overcome throughout the 5K course.

A crowd estimated at 3,500 attended Saturday's Crawdad Festival in Culver and downed 980 pounds of crawfish fresh from Lake Billy Chinook.
   Culver City Recorder Donna McCormack said 575 meals were served, compared to last year's 450. "We didn't run out this year and had plenty of crawdads for everyone at ate," she reported.
   Culver Mayor Shawna Clanton said, besides the crawdad feast, some of the most popular events at the park were the pie and watermelon eating contests, and a raw egg contest where kids tried to catch an egg dropped from 10-50 feet without it breaking.
   "Another big draw was our great selection of vendors at the festival," Clanton said.
   The day kicked off with a town parade, and the new Redneck Obstacle Course, which featured a mud pit, hay bale hurdles and other down-home obstacles.