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The annual event runs Friday and Saturday with the Crawfish Eating Contest set for 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Participants in the annual Crawfish Festival contest vie to become the reigning champ of the event, which attracts thousands to Tualatin Community Park.Time to get your bibs out as the long-anticipated Tualatin Crawfish Festival (and eating contest) kicks off Friday, Aug. 2, at noon and continues through Saturday evening, Aug. 3, in Tualatin's Community Park.

This year's family-friendly event once again will host some amazing local musicians — nine this year — along with lots of fun food, beverage options that include delicious Southern cuisine and fun runs.

At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the night's headliner, Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band that has gained accolades across the Northwest, hits the stage.

Then on Saturday morning, the races begin at 7:30 a.m. with a Kids Fun Run. That run is followed by the beginning of the Crawfish Relay Run/Walk at 7:45 a.m. with the 5K and 10K portion of those races beginning at 7:50 a.m.

The festival officially opens at 10 a.m. with carnival games, a vendor village, a kids bubble pit and more.

The first band of the morning, Rae Gordon, begins playing at 10 a.m. Formed in 2016, the band has been dubbed as "Blues with a Side of Soul."

At 11 a.m. there will be an appearance by the Reptile Man, a perennial favorite that features a 15-reptile live demonstration.

Saturday also includes a Kids Watermelon Eating Contest, followed by a sack race. Saturday afternoon comes complete with the Crawfish Cornhole Tournament, kids' field games and a Crawkid Rave along with face painting.

COURTESY OF HOOD TO COAST RACE SERIES - Here's the lineup of events for this year's Crawfish Festival.Then at 3:45 p.m., one of the weekend's highlights, the Tualatin Crawfish Eating Contest, kicks off with the second Kids Watermelon Eating Contest to follow at 5:15 p.m.

The evening ends with concerts by My Happy Pill and Petty Fever, a Tom Petty Tribute band. Petty Fever features guitarist and vocalist Frank Murray, a 2016 Hollywood FAME award winner.

Cost both Friday and Saturday is $5 for general admission with youth ages 12 and younger admitted for free. There's also a $7 weekend pass. And don't forget that the first 50 individuals through the gates Friday evening will receive free admission on Saturday.

Columbia Bank is the main sponsor of the event, accompanied by other community-minded Oregon companies like Cabela's, Full Sail Brewing, Les Schwab Tires, Carr Auto Group and Hood to Coast Race Series.

As many as 12,000 residents are expected at the two-day event.

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