2018 Arizona Crawfish Festival!!!

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by Crawdad, May 3, 2018.

  1. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Hello all! I wanted to reach out to my fellow Arizonian Tacoma lovers and invite everyone to join us July 21st at Bison Ranch in Heber/ Overgaard, AZ. for some family fun, great food and good times! Look us up on Facebook for more info and some fun pics. I’ll try to keep this thread updated as we finalize more details. Thanks for taking a peek, we hope to see a field full of Tacoma’s there!

    Here’s a link to pre-order tickets. Tickets are available at the gate for a few more dollars, although pre-ordering helps me plan better. Have a great day folks!

    https://arizonacrawfishcompany.blogspot.com/2018/05/ticket-sales-for-2018-arizona-crawfish.html?m=1
     
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  3. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a great time! Wish I lived closer!
     
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    Crawdad

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    It’s an exhausting blast! Haha! We’ve been a part of it for 5 years now. My wife’s family started it about 10 years ago as a small get-together in a back yard. 7 years ago, there were so many people wanting to come, that they had to find a venue and start selling tickets. 5 years ago, I got roped into joining the chaos after filling in for a sick cook the year before. Haha! Last year we were pretty much handed the reins for this whole extravaganza about 5 weeks before D-Day, it was a little intense but we pulled it off! This year should be a little smoother since we’ve been setting things in motion for a couple months now. Trying to bring back the trapping contest this year with a substantial prize TBA later on. Hoping to be cooking 2,000lbs+ this year!
     
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  5. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    That's alot of crawfish! I wish I lived closer.....would be great to attend it and meet you! Sometimes just helping out ends up with it being your gig! LOL But, sounds like you're enjoying it and it's working smooth for ya! Congrats!
     
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    Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    So far we have locked down Bayou Bistro out of the valley for some amazing Cajun cuisine, Vinny’s kettle corn and Big Poppa’s specialty hot dogs for other food vendors. We may be having one of the best BBQ rigs around show up. We’ve got the Taylor family circus coming to entertain the kiddos with face painting, stilt walking, balloon animals, bounce houses and circus tricks. We’ll have Steve and Deena giving free dance lessons between bands as well as our Crawfish eating contest!

    More info to come soon! We’re getting some great donations and raffle prizes already! Heading out again to make face and see how else we can make this a memorable day and a tradition for everyone!

    Have a great day folks!
     
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  7. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a great time shaping up!
     
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    Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Today we locked down a sponsorship package with Sanderson Ford out of Glendale, AZ who will also be bringing the "Tomcar" (very cool ride, look it up) for test drives of the 2 and 4 seater models on the forest roads nearby. Ticket sales are great! Almost topping last year's pre-sales and still 2 months to go! This is really shaping up to be a fun day! Getting close to time to start this year's T shirt design contest, more info to come. Goodnight all!
     
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    Crawdad

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    We got a confirmation today from Fat Chance, a local group of older gentleman who know how to have a good time and love playing old rock!

    Thanks for the reminder @B-Man ! Haha!
     
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  10. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    Lookin' forward to pics of the big event!
     
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  11. OP
    Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    AZ, here I come! I love Louisiana but I am most definitely ready to be in that cool, dry mountain air! Not to mention all that crawfish I'm cooking up Saturday!!! Wifey has done an amazing job putting this thing together while I take care of the fun parts! I hope to see our AZ tacos there! I'll post pics from the event sometime soon. Haha! Good day all! 1531830983838.jpeg
     
  12. lcarrasco212

    lcarrasco212 Well-Known Member

    Awesome!!!
     
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  13. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Good times to come!!
     
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    Crawdad

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    Just got done running some traps. Got about a sack and a half, not bad. Setup starts tomorrow! Whoot whoot! 20180719_225037.jpeg
     
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  15. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Did you draw that?
     
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    Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    No, friends daughter drew it. It's going on the back of our T-shirts this year with a little color. Pretty dang cool!
     
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  17. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    I like it.
     
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  18. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    Pinching Tails and Sucking Heads.........LMaO
     
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    Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    It was a blast!!! 20180721_214316.jpeg 20180721_214240.jpeg 20180721_214208.jpeg 20180721_214137.jpeg 20180721_214052.jpeg 20180721_214031.jpeg
     
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    Crawdad

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    Its a lot of work but it's worth it for all the smiling faces I see when I take a minute to walk around. 20180721_214922.jpeg 20180721_214850.jpeg 20180721_214826.jpeg 20180721_214732.jpeg 20180721_214656.jpeg 20180721_214542.jpeg
     
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