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Mitch Lilly Reports

Paragould Home to Crawfish Fest

June 7, 2003
Posted at: 8:49 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, Ark. -- Downtown Paragould was the site Saturday for those wanting to eat tails, suck heads, and have some Cajun fun.

The first ever Delta Crawfish Festival featured traditional boiled crawfish served with potatoes and corn. But eating good food wasn't the only way people were doing the craw on Saturday afternoon.

"Lots and lots of boiled crawfish," said Ron Pigue. "Lots of good food."

Pigue, and his wife Traci, are the owner's of Delta Crawfish and Shrimp Farm in Paragould. They decided to create a Northeast Arkansas version of a crawfish festival after attending several in other parts of the South.

"We kind of came up with this idea," Pigue said. "That's what we did."

The big event of the festival, the crawfish eating contest.

"We're getting a lot of words being thrown around about the crawfish eating contest," Pigue said.

The winner, Harrisburg's Sean Hammond. He ate 25 pounds of crawfish.

"I don't know how I did it," Hammond said. "I was shocked that I had won."

Hammond demonstrated the proper way to get to eating a crawfish.

"First you got to take the tail off," Hammond explained. "That's how you eat a crawfish."

The reigning crawfish champ also said that he expects to be back for the second annual event and defend his title.

"I'm gonna have to be," Hammond said. "Twenty-five pounds, and go on from there."

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