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Crawfish Festival promises fun, music, festivities for all ages this weekend.

COURTESY PHOTO - Curtis Salgado plays the festival Saturday night.With six musical acts, four races, two eating contests and its first ever fireworks display, the 2017 Tualatin Crawfish Festival is one of the largest local events of the summer.

Organized by the same folks who put on the Hood to Coast relay, the 67th annual Crawfish Festival features a wide variety of entertainment options.

Free concerts, a fresh and authentic crawfish boil, a beer and wine garden, and a plethora of fun kids' activities make this community celebration a family friendly event. And don't forget to sign up for a chance at lifetime bragging rights — Saturday's Crawfish Eating Contest is a festival tradition that promises top-shelf entertainment, as well as the opportunity to chow on tasty crawfish.

The festival runs from Friday, Aug. 4, through Saturday, Aug. 5, and takes place at the Tualatin Community Park. Friday's opening night festivities, which begin at 5:30 p.m., are free for all to attend. On Saturday, the party kicks off early with the Crawfish Crawl races and continue when the festival opens at 10 a.m.

Musical acts will perform on the new and improved stage throughout the day, with a fireworks show set to conclude the celebration late Saturday night. Saturday entrance fee for adults is $5.

As for kids? They get free admission to a day full of fun — the CrawKID Zone, open at 10 a.m., exhibits a police vehicle, a clown, a magician and more. Kiddos may take part in sack races, carnival games, a cornhole tournament, or can hone their own competitive eating skills during the children's watermelon eating contest.

Each year, the festival attracts guests young and old who come from all over to partake in the fun.

It's crawfish time

Bring your appetite, and bring your bib.

Fresh crawfish, boiled, seasoned and spiced to perfection, and served with baby potatoes and in-season corn on the cob. Is your mouth watering yet?

The Crawfish Cafe is ready to deliver.

Sixty-seven years ago, the first Tualatin Crawfish Festival took place in honor of the new Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall that was built on Seneca Street. Coincidentally, it was the same year that the Tualatin River crawfish population reached over-abundance. Thus, organizers turned to crawfish as the source for celebratory cuisine, and the festival was born.

Nowadays, the critters are sourced from Lake Billy Chinook, just north of Bend. Crawfish harvesters love the site because the water temperature is the perfect environment for produce higher yields of crawfish.

Not just any crawfish makes the cut. Pacific Seafood is the festival's crawfish distributor; they do quality checks to ensure the highest standards are being met. The crawfish are always fresh, and live, until they jump in the pan. Until next year, this is your one chance to taste the festival's authentic southern crawfish boil.

Cajun-themed and other eats will be sold as well. Grab some gumbo, hot dogs, elephant ears and more from the many vendors who will be at the festival.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.htcraceseries.com/event/crawfish-festival/.

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