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A total of 8,400 people attended the annual event, beating the 2018 record, which was 6,500.

FILE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Dr. Paul Pumilia, who also was named grand champion at this year's Tualatin Crawfish Festival, holds his daughter while she plays with bubbles in the CrawKID Zone in Tualatin Community Park.The recent Tualatin Crawfish Festival hit an all-time attendance record this year. The event, held on Aug. 2 and 3, attracted 8,400 people, according to figures from the Hood to Coast Relay, organizers of the event.

(Friday's attendance was 2,900; Saturday's was 5,500.)

That beat last year's record of 6,500.

City officials believe several factors may have contributed to the large turnout including the musical lineup. Friday's headliner was Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band, while Saturday featured Petty Fever, a Tom Petty tribute band.

Also popular were events in the CrawKID Zone, which featured such activities as a fishing pond and soap bubble machine, according to city officials.

Residents also flocked to see who would win the annual crawfish-eating contest, an event where winner Dr. Paul Pumilia, consumed 10 pounds of the crustaceans. At the same time, 40 watermelons were consumed by children in the annual watermelon-eating contest.


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