Tualatin Crawfish Festival
Friday, August 3 - Saturday, August 4$5 - $14
The Tualatin Crawfish Festival offers a wide variety of food, entertainment and activities. There’s something for all ages! Join us Friday evening ($5, Youth Under 12 are free) at Tualatin Community Park for some great music. Come back Saturday ($5, Youth Under 14 are Free) to enjoy a fantastic line-up of musicians, kids Watermelon & adult Crawfish Eating Contest, the CrawKID Zone, local vendors, and of course, crawfish! The first 50 in the gates on Friday will receive free admission on Saturday.
2018 Schedule of Events
Click HERE to download a PDF schedule of events.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 – $5, Youth Under 12 are Free
Tualatin Community Park
First 50 people through the gates will receive FREE entry on Saturday!
4:00pm Gates Open to Public
4:00pm Food, Beer and Wine Booths Open
4:00pm 100 Hang for $100
4:00pm Live Music – LARRY OXLEY
6:00pm Live Music – RAMBLE ON (Led Zepplin Tribute)
7:00pm Les Schwab Tires Crawfish Crawl Twilight 5k and Relay
8:30pm Live Music – STONE IN LOVE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 – $5, Youth Under 12 are Free
Tualatin Community Park
10:00am Gates Open to Public
10:00am Food, Beer and Wine Booths Open
10:00am Vendor Village Opens
10:00am CrawKID Zone Opens
10:00am 100 Hang for $100
10:00am Live Music – STUMP CITY SOUL
10:30am Sack Races
11:00am Reptile Man – 15 Reptile Show
12:30pm Kids Watermelon Eating Contest pt1
1:00pm Live Music – SISTER MERCY
1:15pm Crawfish Cornhole Tournament (e-mail email@example.com to register)
2:00pm Magician and Balloon Animals
3:00pm Face Painting
3:45pm Tualatin Crawfish Eating Contest
4:00pm Kids Field Games
4:15pm Live Music – KEN DEROUCHIE BAND
5:30pm Kids Watermelon Eating Contest pt2
7:00pm Live Masic – LISA MANN AND HER REALLY GOOD BAD
8:05pm Live Music – TY CURTIS, BEN RICE, AND LISA MANN
Tualatin Community Park – 8515 SW Tualatin Rd., Tualatin, OR
Tualatin Community Park is a 27 acre area with three sports fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, a dog park, a playground and multiple picnic areas. In 1972 Tualatin Community Park was created with a large gift from Harvey Van Raden. It is now home to the Tualatin Crawfish Festival!
Crawfish Crawl Twilight 5K and Relay
Heat-up this August night with the Les Schwab Tires Tualatin Crawfish Crawl – a Twilight 5K and Relay Run/Walk at the Tualatin Community Park. Enjoy the beautiful course through Durham City Park and Cook Park. Racers will be finishing right as the headliner, Stone in Love, is playing their Friday night concert! The race begins at 7:00pm – register HERE!
A variety of food carts and pop-up restaurants will be on site at the Tualatin Crawfish Festival. Of course, crawfish will be available, but if that isn’t your thing, there will be plenty of other options to eat!
Sample microbrews from multiple Pacific Northwest breweries. Must be 21+ to enter.
Explore local vendors and businesses in the Tualatin Crawfish Festival Vendor Village! Think Saturday Market style with lots of fun activities!
Crawfish Eating Contest
Contestants will have 15 minutes to consume as many crawfish as they can. Contestants must eat both the tail and claw meat. The Tualatin Crawfish Festival record has stood at 170 for over 46 years. Will it be broken in 2018? Will you be there to witness?
Interested in competing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Friday, August 3 4:00pm – 5:15pm
For the past 22 years, Larry Oxley has been blowing the back out of his blues harp with some of the biggest names, at some of the biggest venues in Portland.
Oxley’s blues roots date back to his middle school days when he got his first BB King record and “was instantly hooked on the blues.” Coming up under the tutelage of the late local legend, Paul Delay, Oxley was able to learn from a master while developing his own distinct style. Well-seasoned in Chicago and Rockin’ Blues, he can also bring a southern twang to Country and some solid harp power to Rock & Roll. Oxley’s playing is reminiscent of some of his peers and influences like Delay, William Clarke and Paul Butterfield; however, his soulful playing and sheer musicality lets listeners know that he has created a style all his own.
Ramble On (Led Zepplin Tribute Band)
Friday, August 3 6:00pm-8:00pm
Ramble On is Portland’s most popular Led Zeppelin tribute. Lead singer Rich Ray NAILS the high tenor vocals made famous by Robert Plant, with all the power and soul one would expect from seeing Led Zeppelin their prime. Virtuoso axe man Steve Adams plays the part of Jimmy Page to perfection…complete with the double-neck guitars, violin bows, and ripping solos. Mark Kent does double duty on bass and keys, a la John Paul Jones, while drummer Merrill Hale anchors the rhythm section with master chops and an authentic set of Ludwig Vistalites to boot!
Stone in Love (Journey Tribute Band)
Friday, August 3 8:30pm-10:00pm
Stone in Love performs faithful renditions of the classic hits from one of the most beloved rock groups of all time…Journey. The band delivers a high energy performance that showcases all the hallmarks of the Journey sound – soaring lead vocals, lush four-part harmonies, signature guitar licks, fat keyboards, and driving rhythms. A spin-off of the highly popular 80’s tribute band “The Radical Revolution (formerly The Breakfast Club)”, Stone in Love is quickly becoming one of the Northwest’s hottest tribute acts.
Stump City Soul
Saturday, August 4 10:00am-12:00pm
Stump City Soul is a dynamic 11 piece band that plays the best Soul and Funk music from the 60’s all the way up to today’s current hit music – James Brown, Tower of Power, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Bruno Mars, you want the best? We deliver the best!
Saturday, August 5 3:30pm-6:00pm
“Ty Curtis is a triple threat, since he is the band’s lead singer, as well as the primary composer of their material, and thirdly he’s a sonically incendiary, string-shredding electric guitar player”
Ty Curtis has been winning awards for his vocals and musicianship for the last 10 years. In 2009 his raw soulful version of 5 Long Years by Eddie Boyd captivated the audience and earned the band 2nd place in The International Blues Challenge and lead to performances at The Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada and the St John Blues Festival USVI.
Saturday, August 4 1:00pm-3:30pm
SISTER MERCY possesses a high energy, blues driven sound. Lead singer April Brown is mesmerizing with her powerful, beautiful presence, full range vocals and complete joy in performance. The talented Scott Garcia adds guitar and vocal textures. Rounded out with Roger Espinor on drums, John Webb on bass and Debby Espinor on keys. SISTER MERCY has a unique place in the blues along with April Brown’s velvet voice the rest of the band supplies strong background vocals and original music. Semifinalist in the International Blues Challenge 2016 and 2018, SISTER MERCY was also nominated for Best New Band and Best Contemporary Blues Band for the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards. SISTER MERCY presents music that is a pleasure for the ears and a show that is a feast for the eyes.
Ken DeRouchie Band
Saturday, August 4 4:15pm-6:30pm
2 time nominee’s for the Muddy Award for R&B Act (2014 and 2015), The Ken DeRouchie Band is a 8-piece Soul/R&B/Funk/Blues band featuring a crisp horn section and a tight rhythm section and amazing 4 part vocal harmonies, performing original music written by Ken DeRouchie as well as a few handpicked twists on classic tunes. Influences for the band include everything from Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Steely Dan, Jill Scott and Galactic.
KDB has had the pleasure of opening for such national acts as Cheap Trick, Blood Sweat and Tears, Curtis Salgado, Robben Ford, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, and Leftover Salmon.
Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band
Saturday, August 4 7:00pm-7:45pm
Lisa has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award for her mighty skills on the bass guitar, an award which she also took home in 2015. Her first award win fell hot on the heels of her win for Blues Blast’s Sean Costello Rising Star Award, as well as three Muddy Waters Awards from the Cascade Blues Association for Contemporary Blues Act of the Year, Bass Player of the Year, and Northwest Recording of the Year. Her latest release, Hard Times, Bad Decisions debuted on the Living Blues radio chart at #7, and on the International Blues Broadcasters Association chart at #10, and can be heard burning up the airwaves worldwide.
Originally from West Virginia, Mann’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues. Her clever blues balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. Her bass grooves touch on the hallowed soil of soul greats James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt.
Ty Curtis has a Blues mojo that is alive and kicking, a natural musical treat for all that stand before his stage. His offerings have a throwback Rock and Roll flair with an undeniable southern-fried ambiance. Blended, it all adds up to the authenticity of his Blues Rock Style. His explosion of emotion-power-packed performances captures the undivided attention of audiences with tantalizing guitar fret work and highly intellectual lyrics. Add to the mix his exceptional vocals, and in Ty Curtis, you’ve found a classy performer that has ignited an exciting Blues career and a major Blues star in the making.“Ty Curtis is a triple threat, since he is the band’s lead singer, as well as the primary composer of their material, and thirdly he’s a sonically incendiary, string-shredding electric guitar player” (Blues Rock Review). Ty has been winning awards for his vocals and musicianship for the last 10 years. In 2009 his raw soulful version of 5 Long Years by Eddie Boyd captivated the audience and earned the band 2nd place in The International Blues Challenge and lead to performances at The Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada and the St John Blues Festival USVI.
Ben Rice has been leaving huge impressions on audiences around the Northwest and winning awards for his vocals and guitar playing for the last seven years. In 2014 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee he left the audience speechless with a raw emotional delivery of his version of “Key To The Highway.” His second consecutive trip to the International Blues Challenge he made the finals in the solo/duo category. Where he was awarded the St. Blues Guitarist award for best guitarist.
His original music blends Soul, Delta-Blues, Rockabilly, Jazz, and Funk into a Roots Stew. Influenced heavily by his parents record collection from Al Green to Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass to Marshall Tucker. Ben at a young age began investigating into Blues and it’s history. Starting with B.B. King and going through the various regions and time periods he is inspired and influenced by historical figures like Muddy Waters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Skip James to name a few. Ben spent his college years studying Jazz Guitar at the University of Oregon as well as classical music. Playing in the Celtic Folk ensemble and Mariachi group on campus. He has been well versed in a lot of musical styles that all contribute to the unique sound of his originals.
Lisa Mann’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues. Her clever blues balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. Her bass grooves touch on the hallowed soil of soul greats James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt.
Her influences run the gamut, from low down blues sisters Etta James and Koko Taylor, to singer-songwriters like Bonnie Raitt and R&B belters like Little Milton. She writes the majority of her recorded material, and her songs paint pictures of a gritty (and sometimes humorous) personal experience in life, love and the not-always-pretty music business.
What are crawfish?
The University of Delaware define Crawfish like shrimp or lobsters, belong to the scientific class Crustacea. Their hard outer shell, called the exoskeleton, does not grow with the crawfish and is shed periodically. In Louisiana, two species of crawfish – the red swamp and the white river – provide for the harvest. Crawfish are harvested from both wild habitats (natural rivers, bayous, swamps, and lakes) and controlled, managed crawfish farms. Harvest takes place from November through June, with baited wire-mesh traps. Traps are checked daily, and the catch is packed into 50 lb. onion sacks for delivery to processors. Only the tail meat is recovered from processing. The claw meat is tasty but very meager and difficult to pick out. Tail meat can be purchased fresh or frozen, with prices varying with the time of season and supply.
Both species of crawfish occur naturally in the Mid-Atlantic region, but crawfish farming is a very recent development. Small, shallow ponds have been stocked with red swamp crawfish and are managed for commercial production. The harvest takes place during spring and summer, coinciding with the tourist season. Production is still very limited, but there is considerable interest in exploring the potential of crawfish farming as an alternative crop.
How do you eat crawfish?
The folks from the Louisiana Crawfish Boil explain the best way to eat a crawfish! Crawfish are eaten with your hands (don’t ask for utensils; you will only be laughed at). Don’t be intimidated by that big pile of cooked crawfish.
With one hand, grasp the crawfish head. Grasp the tail with your other hand. Gently squeeze the tail end of the body close to where it joins the head. Hold the head steady and gently twist the tail end, still applying pressure. The meaty end will twist out of the head.
Put the head aside for the moment. Slide a finger or thumb under the first few segments at the top of the tail and peel away the top partially expose part of the tail. With the shell still partially intact, bring the tail meat to your mouth and sink your teeth into the exposed meat. Chomp down on it, and it will pop into your mouth as you leave the tail behind.
Are crawfish good eats?
Delta Donnie from www.deltacrawfish.com explains the nutrition facts of crawfish.
Did you know that crawfish are an excellent source of protein? The fat content of washed crawfish tail meat is only about 1% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA.) Crawfish muscle fibers are shorter than the muscle fibers in red meats, so it makes them easier to digest.
Serving Size: 3 ounces (85g)
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 10
Amount per serving %Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g 0%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
How are crawfish prepared at the festival?
Spin Catering 2017 Crawfish Festival Menu
Bucket of crawfish with corn and potatoes
Crawfish platter with andouille sausage, corn and potatoes
Crawfish roll sandwich (stuffed with chilled crawfish salad)
What is the price of admission to the festival?
Friday: $3 per person, kids 14 and under are free!
Saturday: $5 per person, kids 14 and under are free!
How do I enter the eating contest?
If you are interested in the eating contest, please e-mail email@example.com
How do I register for the Crawfish Crawl?
How can I be a sponsor?
How do I get a vendor booth space?
If you are interested in vendor booth space, please contact Cassie Negra at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I volunteer to help?
E-mail email@example.com with the subject line “Crawfish Festival Volunteer”
In 1951 the First Annual Tualatin Crawfish Festival took place. The purpose of this celebration was to honor the new VFW Hall that was built on Seneca St. It was during this year that crawfish had inhabited the Tualatin River to excess. When looking for food for the celebration, organizers turned to the abundance of crawfish. Thus, the idea of the Crawfish Festival was born.
This festival is quite possible the most important event within the city of Tualatin. Area organizations such as The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Tualatin Booster Club, The Tualatin Business Association, The Jaycees, and the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce have all taken part in creating the festival that many enjoy today. In addition to local support, many government officials also take part in the festivities. Tom McCall and Victor Atiyeh have declared Crawfish Day and Crawfish Week, all in honor of the festival. In fact, in 1962, Mark Hatfield served as “King Kray” for the festival.
As hard as it is to believe, some people find the Tualatin Crawfish Festival a bit unorthodox. In 1961, Tennessee Ernie Ford declared the festival the only “Crawfish Festival in the world”; much to the dismay of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. A letter was sent to Peggy Gensman as well as the Tualatin Times that informed the Tualatin community that the Louisiana Legislature had declared Breaux Bridge, Louisiana the “Crawfish Capitol of the World”. In 1976, a self proclaimed Voodoo Queen named Mrs. Shelby Davis placed a curse on the festival for attempting to steal the title to crawfish supremacy.
Is Voodoo real? Well, in 1977 a riot broke out during the Tualatin Crawfish Festival and police had to be called in. Because of this, the festival was almost permanently cancelled. Instead of its demise, the event has grown. The adversity that faced the festival has provided opportunity for continued growth and an opportunity for community celebration.
Through the years, the Crawfish Festival has become a huge success. The average number of attendees each year is estimated at 12,000 people. Children and adults alike come to enjoy the activities which include a parade, a dog show, live music, craft vendors, food and of course, crawfish.
Questions, comments, or concerns? Send us an e-mail or give the office a call and we’d be happy to help!
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