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Parade kicks off the festivities at 10 a.m. Aug. 17, followed by activities, crawdad dinner.

SUBMITTED LOGO - The Culver Crawdad Festival takes off Saturday, Aug. 17, with a parade, activities in the park, and the famous crawdad dinner.A Jefferson County tradition — and one of the most unique annual events on the Central Oregon calendar — takes place in Culver Saturday.

Culver's annual Crawdad Festival hits town Aug. 17, with a parade to kicks things off and, of course, the famous crawdad feed in the afternoon.

The parade starts at 10 a.m., with festival activities beginning at Veterans Park at 11 a.m.

The park will be hopping with D.J music, many vendors, plus the splash park cooling off the young and young at heart.

The crawdad dinner available will be accompanied by corn on the cob, cornbread, watermelon and soda. Plus, this year, steak will also be served as an option for those not wanting crawdads. The plates are $10 each.

The food service begins at 11 a.m.

Speaking of food, a Dutch-oven cook-off will be held in conjunction with the festival with free samples given out.

Among the vendors noted are those selling various clothing, metal art, barn wood products, jewelry, cotton candy and kettle corn, and much more. Vendors selling food, including burgers and Mexican food, are also expected.

Davida Plaisted at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, is the chair of the parade. Anyone who would like to participate in it should call her at 541-475-2350.

For further information, call Culver City Hall at 541-546-6494.


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