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Crawfish Festival

Friday, August 4 - Saturday, August 5

Schedule of Events


Friday, August 4, 2017 – Tualatin Community Park
5:30pm Gates Open to Public
5:30pm Food, Beer and Wine Booths Open
5:30pm Columbia Bank Private Event
7:30pm Live Music – DANCEHALL DAYS (7:30-10:00)
Saturday, August 5, 2017 – Tualatin Community Park
7:30am Crawfish Crawl Kids Race begins
7:50am Crawfish Crawl Begins
10:00am Crawfish Festival ‐ Gates Open to public
10:00am Food, Beer and Wine Booths Open
10:00am Vendor Village Opens
10:00am CrawKID Zone Opens (Building Area, Rock Wall, Police Vehicle, Dunk Tank and more!)
10:00am Carnival Games Open
10:00am Live Music Begins – LISA MANN (10:00-12:30)
11:00am Clown/Balloon Animals
12:00pm Sack Races
1:00pm Magician
1:00pm Corn Hole Tournament
1:30pm Live Music – NORMAN SYLVESTOR (1:30-3:30)
2:00pm Watermelon Eating Contest
2:30pm Water Balloon Toss
3:00pm Face Painting
4:00pm Local School Jazz Band
4:00pm Live Music – TY CURTIS  (4:00-6:30)
5:30pm Crawfish Eating Contest
7:30pm Live Music – CURTIS SALGADO (7:30-10:00)
9:30pm Fireworks

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 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

7:50am – Half Marathon and 5K Start

8:00am – Relay Start


Food Booths

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!


Beer Garden 

Sample microbrews from multiple Pacific Northwest breweries. Must be 21+ to enter.


Vendor Village

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?

Interested in competing? Email today!



Cap off the 67th Tualatin Crawfish Festival with an amazing firework show. Watch from the lawn at Tualatin Community Park!

Dancehall Days
Friday, August 4 7:30pm-10:00pm


Lisa Mann
Saturday, August 5 10:00am-12:30pm


Norman Sylvestor
Saturday, August 5 1:30pm-3:30pm


Ty Curtis
Saturday, August 5 4:00pm-6:30pm


Curtis Salgado
Saturday, August 5 7:30pm-10:00pm

Local blues legend Curtis Salgado will highlight a weekend of music, when he performs on Saturday night, and he will be followed by the first Crawfish Festival Firework Show.

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 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%

Protein                                               15%

Vitamin A                                          10%

Vitamin C                                          0%

Calcium                                             6%

Iron                                                    15%

*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)

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What is the price of admission to the festival?


Saturday: $5 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 eating contest?

If you are interested in the eating contest, please e-mail

How do I register for the Crawfish Crawl?

Register HERE!

How can I be a sponsor?

For sponsor information please contact Cassie Negra at

How do I get a vendor booth space?

If you are interested in vendor booth space, please contact Cassie Negra at

How do I volunteer to help?

E-mail 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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