The Kemah Crawfish Festival
Benefiting Houston PBSApril 15 – 17, 2011
Under the Kemah Bridge
HWY 146 at 310 Texas Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
Noon – 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday
Noon – 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $5.00, Three-Day Pass $12.00
Admission free for children under 12 and U.S. military personnel in uniform or with current military I.D.
The Kemah Crawfish Festival showcases the sights, the music, great tastes, and above all, the fun that is Kemah, the Gateway to the Bay. The three-day festival takes place under the iconic Kemah Bridge , truly welcoming all into the city. In addition to serving hot, fresh crawfish at $2 a pound throughout the festival, Kemah will also offer the best of Cajun dishes and classic festival fare. The area’s best Zydeco, Classic Rock, and Country bands provide the infectious rhythms where the Bayou meets the Bay. The boat launch will be transformed into The Pirate’s Cove with costumed performers and activities. Marie Laveau will bring Voodoo magic and mystery. Crawfish races, crawfish eating contests, and more will continue throughout the event. Performers will mingle with vendors of gifts, arts and crafts. A Children’s Area will provide plenty of activities and fun for kids. All of Kemah will join in presenting their city, their food, their music, and all that makes life here so special. The Kemah Crawfish Festival takes the friendly, relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair and, like the City of Kemah, serves it up big.
$2 A Pound Crawfish
We’re bringing in the best farm-raised Crawfish the state of Louisiana has to offer at a great price when the season is really getting underway and the craving for crawfish is at its peak. The crawfish will be handled by James Wimberley, the Cajun King of Cookers. James was born & bred in southwest Louisiana in the heart of Cajun country, and has been farming and cooking crawfish and Cajun food for over 35 years. Legend has it he caught his first crawfish when he was only three. From that auspicious beginning, he has grown to farming his own fresh crawfish on 1200 acres in Eunice , Louisiana . Creating his own spicing secrets, he is in high demand as a crawfish boiler across the Gulf Coast . The secret of his spices and methods are hotly pursued by many, but never duplicated. James is one of the top boilers at Festival International in Lafayette, festivals from Texas to Alabama, and has catered at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion.
The Kemah Bridge is one of the best known landmarks of the Bay Area, where Clear Lake meets Galveston Bay . A large, level, paved area that serves the public boat ramp provides a natural site for festivals. The bridge provides a striking backdrop as well as shade for patrons. The area will be decorated with nets, crab traps, boats, hawser and other nautical elements.
Kemah hotels have offered special rates to guests attending the Kemah Crawfish Festival. http://www.visitbayareahouston.com/content.cfm?p=navigate&CID=8
Pirate’s Cove: The public boat ramp will be transformed into a smugglers’ landing, the rousing haunt of freebooters of a bygone age who found hidden coves on the Texas coast. Enjoy special vendors and displays of pirate and nautical wares in the company of John Lafitte, Blackbeard, Calico Jack Rackham, Henry Morgan, and Bartholomew Roberts.
Kemah Ghost Tours Presents Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Garden: Explore the mysterious world of Voodoo with history’s most celebrated practitioner in an exciting and haunting display with craft vendors, palm readers, fortune tellers, and more.
Festival Vendors: The festival will feature rows of vendors with the best of arts, crafts, gifts and more from Kemah and around the country.
Food Vendors: Besides Crawfish there will be great tasting Cajun dishes, seafood, and traditional festival food all around.
Children’s Area: will provide all patrons need to keep their kids busy and having fun during the event, as well as games for all ages such as the Rock Climbing Wall and Monster Water Balls.
Concert Stage: The best in regional Zydeco,Blues, Country, and Classic Rock Bands.
The Greek Festival Stage: The Clear Lake Greek Festival, an area institution for 18 years, will provide traditional dance and novelty acts embracing the cultures that have helped shape the entertainment of the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Special Events Stage:
Gulf Greyhound Park Presents the Crawfish Races: featuring John Paul Faour, the voice of Gulf Greyhound Park. Park officials will oversee the weigh-ins and make sure the Texas (or International) State rules of Crawfish racing are followed.
Crawfish Eating Contest: Contestants compete for the championship over the three days of the event.The Finals will be held on Sunday, with the Crowning of the Kemah Crawfish Champion to follow. It ain’t just about the eating; you have to get to the meat before you start to eat. The crawfish will be weighed before and after; the contestant with the most weight eaten in the allotted time will win. If you want to be really fast, you don’t have to peel ’em – but we recommend you do.
Volunteer for the Kemah Crawfish Festival: Volunteers enjoy a great time working on a fun event with dedicated people and learning about production of a major festival. If you are interested in volunteering contact: Info@KemahCrawfishFestival.com
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