Food, parade, activities on tap

by: FILE PHOTO - Crawdads will be featured at Saturday's Crawdad Festival at the park in Culver.The Culver Crawdad Festival kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday in at Veteran's Memorial Park in Culver, and the celebration will last all day with plenty of activities for folks to enjoy.

The day starts like all celebrations should, and that's with the Redneck Obstacle Course. The five-kilometer (3.2 miles) course will feature mud pits, haystack climbing, crawling under both barb and hot wire, livestock trough plunge and a tire climb.

Cost to register is $35, and the event begins at 8 a.m. at the Culver High School sports fields.

The parade will start at 10 a.m., with entries beginning to line up at 8:30 a.m., and the crawdad dinner will begin being served at 11 a.m.

The dinner features watermelon, potatoes, onions, lemons, corn bread and a soft drink, and of course, a Cajun-style rendition of crawdads.

The cost for the dinner is $8 per plate.

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., a dutch oven cook-off showcases the culinary skills of local rustic chefs. The main dish judging will be at 1 p.m., and a pie eating contest will also take place at that time. The bread judging will be at 1:45 p.m., and dessert judging will be at 2:30 p.m.

A watermelon eating contest will be at 3 p.m., with egg drop contests taking place at both 2 and 4 p.m.

A talent show, which will start at 3 p.m., headlines the entertainment for the festival. Other entertainment includes the Box Canyon Bluegrass Band, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Joe Stoddard takes the stage from 1-3 p.m., and after the talent show Gideon Faulkner's Rock band will perform.

All winners of contests and drawing will be announced at 5 p.m.

In addition to all the activities, there will also be pony rides, games, vendors and a beer garden for patrons 21 and older.

For more information on the Crawdad Festival, contact Culver City Hall at 541-546-6494.

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