Bison Ranch 2729 Bison Ranch Rd Overgaard, AZ 85933
August 10, 2013 - August 10, 2013 - CONFIRMED!
From Arizona Crawfish Festival Website:
In 2003 the festival was birthed by Louisianan born radio host Rosie Romero upon hearing crawfish were over populating our waterways. After two years on the shoreline of Willow Springs Lake, the attendance and popularity was growing so rapidly a site with basic facilities and services was required. The festival then merged with a similar event and held on the lawn of Camp Verdes historic Fort Verde. Camp Verde's festival held its last festival in 2010.
It was during this eight year run of annual crawfish boils that Arizona Crawfish Companys founders Bobby Avery and Romey Romero met when they faced off for the eating contest in 2004.
Like the original festival at Willow Springs Lake, this years crawfish will be from Arizonas waterways. Trapping teams are being assembled and assigned to lakes, rivers and streams along the Mogollon Rim for maximum extraction. In the past this had always been a challenge because of the transportation regulations on crawfish in Arizona set and enforced by the Arizona Game & Fish Department in order to prevent further infestation. However, special permitting has been granted for this event and the goal is to remove 10,000 pounds of crawfish in the week long trapping contest leading up to the festival.
All trapped crawfish will legally be transported under Game & Fish supervision to Bison Ranch for the August 10th Festival where they will be boiled and served to festival attendees!
In addition to the trapping contest, the festival will consist of a crawfish boiling contest judged by both Louisiana natives and a local Peoples choice award. There will be a crawfish eating contest, other Cajun food vendors, frozen daiquiris, live music, family entertainment and more!
The festival will be held Saturday from Noon to 9:00PM in the lawn courtyard at Bison Ranch in Heber/Overgaard, Arizona. There will be a $5 parking fee benefiting the local lions club and a $15 admission fee per person/$25 per family ($3 per kid 12 years of age and older, under 12 free) to cover staff, entertainment and facility use.