(Orange, Texas)

Local News

April 13, 2007

Mauriceville Crawfish Festival around the corner

By Erik Onstott

The Orange Leader

Mudbug fans, rejoice!

The 26th annual Mauriceville Crawfish Festival, sponsored by The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be held Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Mauriceville fairgrounds on Texas 62.

The festival will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission will be $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens and children 12 and under.

A parade will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, with prizes awarded to parade participants for best decorations. To register for the parade, call Teresa Viator at 409-745-4664.

The festival will have games, carnival rides and craft booths.

There will also be an auction and a barbecue cookoff. Categories for the barbecue cookoff include brisket, ribs and chicken. There is a $125 entry fee, and entries will be accepted until Friday, April 20 at 4 p.m. Entry forms may be obtained at the Texas Gulf Coast Barbecue Cookers Association website,, or by calling James Rash at 409-745-3577.

The winners of the parade and barbecue cookoff will be announced at 3 p.m. Sunday.

There will also be a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, with live music from Chris Johnson and Cheap Whiskey. The band plays a hybrid of Texas and classic country and classic rock.

The Crossfire Band will play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, while the Scramble Band, a Cajun band from from Lake Charles, will play from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Texas House named Mauriceville the “Crawfish Capital of Texas” in 1983 during the regular session of the 68th Texas Legislature.

For more information, or to register as a craft vendor at the festival, call Mary Jane Johnson at 409-745-1357 or Sybil Jenkins at 409-745-1202.

Reach this reporter at 409-883-3571, ext. 2616, or

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