- Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:51
- Written by Breanna Bright
Crawfish, mudbugs, crayfish, crawdads, whatever you call them they’re a local favorite, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than at the Jaycee Crawfish Boil and Music Festival in Sikeston.
The Jaycee Crawfish Boil and Music Festival is one of the biggest spring events in the area. Held rain or shine, the public can feast on crawfish - over 1,800 pounds of it - delivered straight from the Gulf Coast for the freshest seafood meal in Missouri.
De Bizzell, one of the event coordinators, says that 3,500 to 4,000 people will attend, “There’s eating, music, and dancing - we’ve got a fantastic line-up. [The crawfish boil] is like the first spring event in Sikeston, and we like to share it with the whole Southeast Missouri community.”
While eating fresh crawfish, patrons can enjoy the live music stylings of several local bands, including Stoney LaRue, Daniel Sexton Music, and Evan Webb and the Rural Route Ramblers. The bands will perform throughout the evening.
De says the important thing is that everyone has a great night, “We have the best crawfish from the gulf coast, there’s a kid’s zone with a petting zoo . . . we make it for everyone. We stride for family friendly, but really it’s all around for everybody. People can relax, eat crawfish, and have a good time.”
This year camping will be an option for patrons. There will be parking spots available for campers which come with water and electricity. Those interesting in bringing a camper must call 380-9208 in advance.
Crawfish Boil Tickets are $8 Pre-sale (presale tickets are only available at the box office) or $10 at the door. Crawfish flats are $10 inside and $13 to go. Children 10 and under are free, and there will be kids activities available to keep the little ones busy.
The Jaycee Crawfish Boil and Music Festival will be held at the Sikeston Jaycee Rodeo Grounds April 23 from 2 p.m. to midnight. Visit the event page on Facebook for more information.