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Crawfish festival draws crowd to fight cancer

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thomas Weatherspoon works his way down the long table of crawfish available at the Crawfish Festival.
(T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Organizers of the "Cancer Sucks!" Crawfish festival say the event, held Saturday at Sand Creek Farms, raised thousands for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

Festival organizer Tammy Trott announced an estimated revenue of $20,000 at one point during the event, but said Monday morning she was still sifting through bills and deposits to come up with a more accurate number.

Attendance was estimated at 1,200, although visitors came and went during the day, some coming earlier and others staying later, so the whole crowd was never present all at once.

Lots of music...

The 12-hour-long festival included a full array of musical performers and styles, headlined by country star Keith Anderson, who performed a solo acoustic set including his signature song, "Pickin' Wildflowers." Local favorites Rayz'n Cain, who also performed at a dance and live auction for Relay, closed out the event with a late-night set.

Other performers included Bitterbox, Chase Perryman, Granny Low, Zone Status, Three Point Hitch, Kellie Lynne and Tiffany Thompson.

...and crawfish

And there was crawfish boil. Organizers originally served the crawfish and related side items Louisiana style, poured out onto brown paper, but as the day went on began serving out of stock pots.

As at a traditional crawfish boil, potatoes, corn on the cob and sausage were boiled along with the crawfish, all of the items soaking up the spicy seasoning liquid. Cooks were brought in from Mississippi for the event.

There were other concessions as well, including hamburgers and barbecue. Bounce-houses and a cornhole game were also available.

Relay for Life

The main Relay For Life event will take place June 1-2 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. Teams of walkers will remain on the track for an 18-hour period, but there will be a festival-like atmosphere for spectators as well, with many of the participating teams offering concessions or activities.

The American Cancer Society uses funds raised by Relay For Life for research, advocacy and patient services.

For more information about Relay For Life, go to http://relayforlife.org/bedfordtn.

See also: PHOTO GALLERY: Crawfish Festival for Relay for Life (05/07/12)