Mudbug season is taking over local Huntsville businesses

Crawfish season is finally here! It’s time to get the plastic bibs, wet naps and newspaper out for some tail-sucking, finger licking festivities this spring.

The Jolly Fox in Huntsville is hosting its second annual Crawfish and Music Festival April 26 from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the parking lot outside the club.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Jolly Fox, Humphrey’s and Cavender’s Boot City for $8, and tickets at the gate are $12. VIP passes are still available for $250 and include all you can eat crawfish, full access to all shows played, koozies and admission for eight.

Conroe’s KSTAR radio station will have a remote broadcast beginning at 2 p.m. and will also sponsor a drive for the soldiers. They will offer $2 gate admission to the event for all who bring a donation to help support the troops in Iraq.

Entertainment will be plenty, with Phil Pritchett and the Full Band starting outside at 4 p.m., followed by Jango Walker and Deryl Dodd. Inside that evening Honeybrowne and Reckless Kelly will play.

Crawfish will sell for $5 for two to 3 pounds, and $10 for 4 pounds.

Murski’s Ice House is boiling crawfish every Thursday night in April starting at 5 p.m. until supplies run out. Crawfish is $9 for 3 pounds.

Delta Tau Delta is hosting a crawfish boil at Murski’s on May 3 starting at noon. Admission to the event is $10.

On Fridays at 6 p.m., Zach’s serves crawfish until the season has ended. For another month, mudbugs will be $7.95 at Zach’s for 3 pounds.

The Texas Crawfish Festival in Old Town Spring, just south of the Woodlands, is not only the largest crawfish festival in Texas, but also the largest crawfish festival outside Louisiana. Every year between 40,000 and 50,000 crawfish are consumed at the festival.

For two consecutive weekends in May, crawfish lovers from all over the Houston area will meet in Spring for zydeco, bluegrass and country music, and many other entertaining shows and vendors outside enjoying the cayenne pepper in the air. There will be five stages for live entertainment, dancing, carnival rides, street vendors, a petting zoo and animal rides among the many activities available at the Texas Crawfish Festival.

A variety of food will be served at the festival, including crawfish, blooming onions, funnel cakes, shrimp on a stick, roasted corn and of course lots of ice cold beer.

The Texas Crawfish Festival will be held the weekends of May 2-4 and May 9-11. Friday nights the gate opens at 6 p.m. and closes at midnight. Both Saturdays the festival will be held from noon to midnight and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Admission for the festival is $6 per person, and children under 12 years of age get in free.

Fredericksburg, Texas is home to yet another crawfish boil called Jaycees Crawfish Festival. There will be a crawfish eating and peeling contest, Louisiana music, jambalaya, boudin and homemade red beans and rice. There will also be a horseshoe and washer pitching contest, a barbeque cook-off and games and rides.

Jaycees Crawfish Festival is annually held the fourth weekend in May at the town square, and admission is $5.

Get them while they’re hot, and remember that the best thing to go with potatoes and corn is a spicy plate of Louisiana style crawfish!

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