Thursday, June 6, 2013

Crawfish Festival Press Release

2013 Arizona Crawfish Festival

For immediate release:

Who:              Arizona Crawfish Company
What:             2013 Arizona Crawfish Festival
When:            August 10th, 2013 Noon -9:00PM
Where:           Bison Ranch. Overgaard, Arizona
Why:              Raise awareness of Crawfish in Arizona and educate wildlife enthusiasts on personal harvest and consumption of Crawfish.

Details:          Due to popular demand, the original Arizona Crawfish Festival is BACK!

In spring of 2002 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 Verde’s historic Fort Verde. After a few years Rosie pulled his affiliation with the festival and Camp Verde held it’s last crawfish festival in 2010.

It was during this eight year run of annual crawfish boils that Arizona Crawfish Company’s 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 year’s crawfish will be from Arizona’s 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. 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 Cajun style with corn, potatoes and onions! For a complete list of Rules, Regulations and participation details, visit Arizona Crawfish Trapping Contest.html.

There will be a crawfish eating contest, Cajun food vendors, frozen daiquiris, Abita Beer, live music, the performance of Arizona’s own Taylor Family Circus and more! For the kids there will be inflatable bounce house & slide, train rides, horseback rides and face painting to name a few!

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. Pre-Purchase tickets by August 7th to ensure you receive at least three pounds of crawfish at the festival!

$2 of every ticket sale will be donated to Jared Allen’sHomes for Wounded Warriors Project.

Stay up to date with new developments by following this blog and/or joining the facebook event page.

An event this size takes community involvement to make it a fun, safe, success family event. We extend our sincere gratitude to the people and sponsors involved.

·      Sanderson TomCar 
·      Rosie On The House 
·      Bison Ranch
·      Lone Eagle Outdoors
·      Wild Woman Saloon
·      Abita Beer Co.


For event details, call
Bobby Avery at (480)299-7866 or
Romey Romero at (602)885-1078
or send an email request to


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