It's Crawfish Festival time!

Why is the Woodbine Crawfish Festival so popular? 

“Well, I’ve thought about that a right good bit over the years,” said Louis Keene, a native of Woodbine. “For one thing, it’s unusual.”

In a region where wild Georgia shrimp often gets top billing, crawfish are a bit of an anomaly. But when city volunteers launched the festival 32 years ago, there was a crawfish farm operating in Woodbine. 

“We outgrew that right away because (the farm) couldn’t keep up,” he said. 

Keene has been serving up low country boil with the Woodbine Lions Club since the festival started. 

“I haven’t missed one since we started this,” he said. 

This year will be a little different since he will be serving as the event’s grand marshal. 

A lifelong resident, Keene is not only a hard-working member of the Lions Club, but he also is active in his church and many other community endeavors.

This weekend, the Lions expect to serve 3,800 pounds of boiled crawfish, not including the steaming bowls of crawfish étouffée prepared by the woman’s club. 

Keene says he hopes there will be a good crowd of people for the activities, which kicks off with Friday night concerts featuring Cheap and Easy at 6 p.m. and Squirt Gun at 7:30 p.m. 

There will be food concessions, arts and crafts booths, children’s amusements and entertainment throughout the evening and all day Saturday. The festival extends from the waterfront park to the riverwalk.

“It’s shaded so it’s a good place to enjoy the fun,” Keene noted. 

Saturday’s lineup includes include a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m. and Rotary duck race. Local performers and demonstrations will entertain the crowd at the waterfront stage, riverwalk gazebo and Woodbine Community Center (old school) throughout the day.

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