Friday, August 4 - Saturday, August 5
Schedule of Events
|Friday, August 4, 2017 – Tualatin Commons|
|5:30pm||Columbia Bank Private Event|
|6:00pm||Crawfish Cooking Competition|
|Saturday, August 5, 2017 – Tualatin Community Park|
|7:30am||Crawfish Crawl Kids Race begins|
|8:00am||Crawfish Crawl Begins|
|10:00am||Crawfish Festival-‐ Gates Open to public|
|10:00am||Food Booths Open (Closes at 9:00pm)|
|10:00am||Beer Garden Opens|
|10:00am||Vendor Village Opens (Closes at 6:30pm)|
|10:00am||Live Music Begins|
|5:30pm||Crawfish Eating Contest|
Tualatin Commons – 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin, OR
Tualatin Commons is a 5 acre plaza that surrounds Tualatin Lake. It is home to the opening night of the Tualatin Crawfish Festival with a cook-off and live music!
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 Cooking Competition
Six Crawfish Cook-Off contestants will be given a mystery box full of surprise ingredients. In one hour, chefs must use all ingredients in the mystery box along with a 12oz bag of crawfish to produce a delicious meal that pleases the judges. Chefs will be provided with cooking tools and spices. After the hour is up, six judges will score the contests on the following categories.
Unused Ingredient __ -5 per ingredient
Crawfish Crawl Relay, 5K, & Half Marathon
This flat and fast course along Spring Creek and through Cook Park is perfect for both those looking to PR or to enjoy a nice run/walk with family and friends. The majority of the course is on a closed bike path. The free Kids’ Run is also back in 2017! Each participant will receive a shirt, a medal, sponsor giveaways and a beer (21+) at the finish!
Relay Rules –
- Assemble teams of four.
- Run/Walk 2.04 mile closed, partially paved scenic course on beautiful, forested park trails (one leg).Running teams: Each team member will run three legs (each leg 2.04 miles long). Runner 1, Runner 2, Runner 3, Runner 4, Runner 1, Runner 2, Runner 3, Runner 4, Runner 1, Runner 2, Runner 3, Runner 4
- Walking Teams: Each team member will walk two legs (each leg 2.04 miles long). Walker 1, Walker 2, Walker 3, Walker 4, Walker 1, Walker 2, Walker 3, Walker 4Gather fellow runners/walkers and form a team of 4 to participate in the relay.
7:30am – Kids’ Run
7:45am – Half Marathon and 5K Start
8:00am – Relay Start
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 45 years. Will it be broken in 2017? Will you be there to witness?
Want to enter? The cost for participants is $15, must be 16 or older to enter . Only 10 participants can pre-register. Registration fills quickly so download the registration form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Cap off the 67th Tualatin Crawfish Festival with an amazing firework show. Watch from the lawn at Tualatin Community Park!
Awesome music, fun dancing, and wireless headphones! Party the night away with silent disco!
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.
Where does the festival get the crawfish?
The festival crawfish come straight from Lake Billy Chinook here in Oregon. Pacific Seafood supplies the critters especially for the festival.
How are crawfish prepared at the festival?
Hot, cold, jambalaya, gumbo, hushpuppies and crawfish cocktail.
What is the price of admission to the festival?
$4 per person, kids 12 and under are free!
How much do crawfish cost at the Tualatin Crawfish Festival?
During the festival, our very own Crawfish Cafe will be selling crawfish in two sizes: Single Boat and Family Size. A single is $10 and a family size is $28. The price may seem high, but a single serving will fill up an entire boat of crawfish, and is great for 2 people! A family size boat can comfortably feed 4 people.
How do I enter the cook-off or eating contest?
The cook-off is for professional chefs in the area. 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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