Served 800 pounds of crawdads

Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON - Culver students Samantha Symons, driving a four-wheeler, and Olivia O'Rourke were among 317 participants in the largest Culver parade ever at the Culver Crawdad Festival Saturday.A huge parade and piles of crawdads greeted crowds attending Culver’s fifth annual Crawdad Fest last Saturday.

Parade coordinator Barb Frazier described it as “enormous” with 317 participants in over 30 categories and lasting 50 minutes. “We had at least four of the biggest pieces of equipment I’ve seen, 119 people were walking for Earth20, and there were members of the class of 1964,” she said.

Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON - The Crawdad Festival featured plates stacked with crawdads, potatoes, cornbread and watermelon.Old Culver yearbooks and band hats are being collected to sell as a fundraiser to purchase an alumni tent to use for class reunions that meet during the Crawdad Festival. If you have any to donate, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Donna McCormack, Culver city recorder, reported 800 crawdad dinners were served, and they didn’t run out this year. The park was packed with 70 vendors, and the Dutch Oven Cookoff was a success.

Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON - High Desert Community Theater members, left to right, Jan McDonald, Joy DeHaan, and Teri Drew carry the group's banner.First-place winners were: best bread, Dick Dodson with his haystack bread; best entrée, Mike and Marlene Gaidosh with ginger meat; and best dessert, Dick Dodson with blueberry cobbler. After judging, the crowd was offered free samples of the food to taste.

Culver Mayor Nancy Diaz said some 30 volunteers helped run the event. “It was fabulous. We had great weather, fantastic vendors and so much help. I think everybody enjoyed themselves,” she said.

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