Tualatin Crawfish Festival
Friday, August 3 - Saturday, August 4
The Tualatin Crawfish Festival offers a wide variety of food, entertainment and activities. There’s something for all ages! Join us Friday evening ($3, Youth Under 14 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.
2017 Sample Schedule of Events (2018 Schedule coming soon!)
Click HERE to download a PDF schedule of events.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 – FREE ADMISSION
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 Live Music BIGFOOT MOJO (4:00-6:00)
7:30pm Live Music DANCEHALL DAYS (7:30-10:00)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 – $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 Regence CrawKID Zone Opens (Bubble Pond
Police Vehicle, and more!)
10:00am Carnival Games Open
10:00am Live Music – LISA MANN (10:00-12:00)
11:00am Clown at CrawKID Zone
12:00pm Sack Races at CrawKID Zone
1:00pm Magician at CrawKID Zone
1:00pm Balloon Animals at CrawKID Zone
1:00pm Corn Hole Tournament
1:30pm Live Music – NORMAN SYLVESTER (1:30-3:00)
2:00pm Kids’ Watermelon Eating Contest
3:00pm Face Painting at CrawKID Zone
3:30pm Live Music – TY CURTIS (3:30-6:00)
5:30pm Crawfish Eating Contest
7:00pm Live Music – CURTIS SALGADO (7:00-9:45)
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 12-Hour Relay
Heat-up this August night with the Tualatin Crawfish Crawl Relay – Dusk to Dawn: A 12-hour relay from 10:00pm (August 3rd) to 10:00am (August 4th) at the Tualatin Community Park. Race around an entertaining 2-mile-loop with 2-12 team members and relax at the community-area with movies, activities, popcorn and beverages. All participants receive a Beer/Wine ticket voucher along with free admission into the 2018 Tualatin Crawfish Festival.
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?
Interested in competing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
2017 Musicians (2018 Line-Up Coming Soon!)
Friday, August 4 7:30pm-10:00pm
Upright bassist Belinda Underwood and national mandolin champion Josiah Payne met on the bluegrass scene in Portland, Oregon, as hired hands in other award-winning bands. Musicians in multiple genres since childhood, they both grew up in family bands before moving to Oregon, and were feeling orphaned without their families until they found each other in 2012. After playing together for 3 years as “Josiah and Belinda”, they adoped the mascot of the Northwest when they became Bigfoot Mojo.
Friday, August 4 7:30pm-10:00pm
Astonishing musicianship with a repertoire that is wildly diverse and authentic. Dancehall Days has been thrilling audiences all over the western United States, England and Bahamas, playing at venues such as Fleetwood’s On Front Street – Maui, The Troubadour – London, One And Only Ocean Club – Nassau, San Francisco Ritz Carlton, The Space Needle, and The Old Joint Stock Theatre – Birmingham.
Saturday, August 5 10:00am-12:00pm
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.
Saturday, August 5 1:30pm-3:00pm
Norman Sylvester “The Boogie Cat” was Inducted into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame on October 8, 2011 at the Newmark Theater in Portland Oregon. This honor has given the Boogie Cat a new surge of energy. Norman has releases a new CD of 10 original songs “Blues Stains on my Hands”, a tribute to all the Pioneers of Blues who traveled the Chitlin’ Circuit keeping the Blues and It’s History alive.
Norman is one of the most engaging showmen around the Northwest. weddings, festivals, corporate parties and club venues all call on his band for spectacular music and entertainment!Influenced from his Southern Baptist early years and the Gospel Quartet his father, Mack Sylvester, toured with (they were as sharp with their fashion as they were in their harmonies), these examples show in Sylvester’s own performance. There is the work for the paycheck and the work for your passion. Norman’s music is most definitely his passion! The Boogie Cat has paid his dues and now he is living his dreams.
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 5 7:00pm-9:45pm
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. With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant. NPR calls him “a blues icon” with a “huge voice.” Salgado earned a reputation for high-intensity performances and a repertoire inspired by his encyclopedic knowledge of soul, blues and R&B music. He won the 2010 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Soul Blues Artist of the Year and went on to win the award again in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he also won the coveted BMA for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year – the highest honor the blues world has to offer- and took the statue for Soul Blues Album Of The Year for his Alligator debut, Soul Shot. Blues Revue says Salgado’s music is “triumphant, joyful, blues-soaked R&B” and declared him to be “one of the most soulful, honest singers ever”.
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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