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Crawfish Fest crawls out for second year event

By by j.r. ortega/
March 30, 2011 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated March 29, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.

Lu Raq's second annual Crawfish Festival is Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Lu Raq's Restaurant and Beer Garden may have something fresh out of the pot if you have a palate for cold beer and freshly boiled shellfish.

The restaurant will be serving up about 300 pounds of crawfish along with music, beverages and dancing Saturday night for its second annual Crawfish Festival.

The festival is geared toward the entire family and promotion this year was started early, so Joey Ornelas, owner of Lu Raq's, expects a big turn out.

"Last year the weather kind of put a damper on the event," Ornelas said.

Heavy rains last year may have diluted the turn out, he said.

Also on the menu is Cedryl Ballou and The Zydeco Trendsetters, a band from Louisiana that has performed at Lu Raq's several times in the past, Ornelas said.

Jarrod Birmingham, a country artist from Victoria, will close out the event.

Ornelas is excited to host the event once again.

"It's something that's never been around in this area, as far as I know," he said. "This is something that is bringing in youth."



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