The annual event is set from Friday through Sunday at Tualatin Community Park.

TIMES FILE PHOTO - The annual Tualatin Crawfish Festival kicks off Friday evening and runs through Sunday at Tualatin Community Park.This year's Tualatin Crawfish Festival will kick off Friday at 4 p.m. and continue through Saturday evening.

This year's event, set for Tualatin Community Park, will host everything from eight bands to the highlight of annual offering – Saturday's Crawfish Eating Contest.

But before that, festival-goers are invited to opening night, which includes the Les Schwab Tires Crawfish Crawl 5K and Relay Race set for 7 p.m. Friday.

If you plan it right, runners and walkers will finish the event around 7 p.m., the same time Stone in Love, the headlining band, takes the stage. Stone in Love is a popular Journey tribute band, who most recently appeared at last month's Harefest 8 in Canby, featuring an unheard of 22-tribute-band lineup. And if you want to journey back to the 1970s, an hour before Stone in Love takes the stage, Ramble On, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, performs.

On Saturday, gates open at 10 a.m. with carnival games, a vendor village, Crawkid activities and a kids coloring contest. The Reptile Man, a popular children's attraction that includes a 15-reptile live demonstration, is set for later in the morning. It will be followed by the first Kids Watermelon Eating Contest and a sack race.

The fun continues on Saturday afternoon with the Crawfish Cornhole Tournament, a performance by a magician and a balloon-animal craftsperson (along with face painting for the younger crowd).

Then at 3:45 p.m. the highlight of the event, the Tualatin Crawfish Eating Contest, kicks off. It's a tradition that's been going on since 1951 when the Tualatin River was teaming with crawfish. And if anyone is up for beating the record, it hasn't been broken since 1970 when the victor ate a whopping 170 of the crustaceans.

Still, if competitive eating isn't your cup of tea, you can still enjoy cooked crawfish -- everything from a bucket of crawfish with corn and potatoes to a crawfish platter (andouille sausage, corn and potatoes) to a crawfish roll sandwich (which of course is stuffed with chilled crawfish salad).

Saturday evening ends with a concert featuring Ty Curtis, Ben Rice and Lisa Mann at 8:05 p.m.

Cost for both Friday and Saturday is $5 for general admission with youth ages 12 and younger admitted free. Meanwhile, the first 50 individuals through the gates Friday evening will receive free admission on Saturday.

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