Crawfest: Pinch, Peel, Eat, Repeat

It is officially time for the return of Community Bank’s Downtown Crawfest this Saturday, April 23rd starting at 11 AM and continuing on until 3 PM! There will be live music, drinks, and LOTS of crawfish to taste all day long in Downtown Laurel!

 

Save Me Some Crawfish!

If you are looking for the perfect thing to do this Saturday, it is to come to Front Street for our annual crawfish festival! Check-in will begin at 11 Am at the corner of West Oak & Front Street, where you can purchase a $15 ticket for all the tastings you desire, or a $30 ticket for endless tastings and 5lbs of crawfish & add-ins! Tickets will be available for purchase at check-in or online by clicking here. Kids under TWELVE enter & eat for free! Not wanting to indulge in any crawfish? That’s okay, you can purchase Chick Fil A on-site and still hang out with us!

What else is happening?

  • We will be “splitting the pot” for cash! Purchase 1 ticket for $10 OR 5 tickets for $40. You do not have to be present to win.
  • T-Shirts will be available for purchase $25! Check out our social media page to enter a giveaway to win a free shirt plus another goodie thanks to Community Bank.

  • We will have live music by Ty Taylor & Kinfolk!

  • Our Downtown merchants will be open for business. Stop by and shop around, you may even get a good deal during the event!

 

We are so excited to have you join us this Saturday for a day full of fun and crawfish! This event would not be possible with out the support of our amazing sponsors and volunteers. We would like to give a special thank you to Community Bank & the Sertoma Club of Laurel!! Make sure to check out who will be picking our winners of the crawfish festival on our blog: 2022 Crawfest Judges plus a Surprise Judge! See y’all Saturday!!

 

 

Wine Down Downtown is Back for 2022

Wine Down Downtown is back for 2022 and we are SO excited! Will you be joining us to ‘wine down’ after a long week? This Spring, Wine Down Downtown will be hosted on March 25th, April 8th, and May 13th from 5PM until 8PM in Downtown Laurel! For more information on all things ‘Wine Down Downtown’ check out the page on our website by clicking here!

I’m Ready! I Want a Ticket!

If you will be joining us at Wine Down, you can purchase your tickets online here for $15! Make sure you select the corrcet day you would like and you must be 21 or older (ID required) to participate in wine tasting.We serve tastes that are equivalent to about a 2 ounce pour with pours being limited to 1 pour per person, per location. Also, there will be ONE entrance and check-in at the Laurel Main Street entry tent on the corner of Central Avenue & Magnolia Street. One unique aspect of this event is that your ticket is Laurel Main Street Wine Tumbler that changes every month!

Attend Wine Down March 25th to get this wine tumbler when you purchase a ticket to taste!

Fun for Everyone

Beer/Liquor/non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased from several downtown restaurants as well as The 5000, The Knight Butcher, Mimmo’s, Cafe La Fleur, The Loft, Shug’s, Lee’s Coffee & Tea, and Scotsman General Store will also be serving various drinks besides wine. Bring your kids and family to allow them to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather at the parks in downtown and some live music by The Classix at the TrustMark Art Park! We will also have BINGO cards at check-in that can be stamped at the businesses along Central Avenue and within the construction areas.

Limited Edition Wine Down Tees

‘Sip Sip, Horray!’ We will be selling limited edition Wine Down Downtown tees for $25 at the event & we will have sizes S-3X! T-shirts can be purchased when you check-in at the Laurel Main Street tent. These t-shirts will be first come first serve, so get to Downtown early to get yours!

We would like to extend a special thanks to our volunteers, downtown business owners, the City of Laurel, sponsors, and donations provided by Community Bank, Doc’s Eastside Wine and Liquor & George’s Wine and Liquor.

 

Who’s Sitting in the Hot Seat?

Community Bank’s Downtown Crawfest is THIS SATURDAY, April 27!  Over 25 teams will line Front Street with crawfish pots, time-tested recipes, and a common goal — to WIN Crawfest 2019!  Judges for this year’s competition range from home cooks to professional chefs to crawfish enthusiasts and they can’t wait to see what this year’s teams serve up.

Meet the Judges

Laurel City Councilman, Tony Wheat, makes his inaugural appearance as a Crawfest judge!  Tony grew up in Laurel and has been serving the City as Councilman, Ward 2 since 2005. He has been in the restaurant business most of his life and is an avid home cook.  Seafood is his specialty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickey Howley is a half Cajun from New Orleans lost in North Mississippi since 1999. He has the same job in Water Valley as Judi Holifield does in Laurel. He even has a Laurel connection, his paternal grandmother grew up here. Years ago when he had hair, he captained a shrimp boat named “Monkey Do II.” He has boiled many crustaceans.

 

 

 

Roderick Hollins is originally from Vicksburg, MS and holds degrees in Culinary Arts (JCJC) as well as Hotel and Restaurant Management (USM).  He is a former Culinary Arts teacher at Laurel High School, where he led his students to win multiple state awards.  Roderick is currently a local youth minister and owner of HI5Eats, where he teaches meal prep, catering and ServSafe classes.  He is married to Courtney Hollins and they have three children.

 

 

 

 

Tim Harland, a long time resident of Louisiana, is the Director of Photography on the HGTV show, Home Town. He has worked on a number of food focused shows and has enjoyed crawfish at parties from the bayous of Avoyelles to the banks of Lake Pontchatrain. He and his wife, Jean, are looking forward to spending another sweaty summer shooting the 4th season of Home Town in Laurel. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Dunn has dabbled in the culinary arts all her life.  Her mother was an Executive Chef with outstanding achievements throughout the  country. Roxanne graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican College holding a BS degree in art and a Master’s degree in Language Arts from Holy Cross University.  Various pieces of her art have been commissioned and donated to charities.   She has travelled abroad extensively and worked with “The Apple Club” in Italy for over a year.  Roxanne resides in Laurel and studies under renowned Chef John Diggetts of The Loft on Central, where on Sundays one may taste her fair. She is currently writing her memoirs as she continues her art.

 

 

 

 

 

Official Schedule of Events

7:oo a.m. — Team set up and cooking begins.  All of the teams will prepare their recipes from scratch.  No crawfish will be served until the gates open at 11:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. — Team check in

11:00 a.m. — Gates open and judging begins! Lloyd “Hurricane” Munn & the Forecasters will entertain the crowds while they sample their way down Front Street.

2:00 p.m. — Announcement of Winners All prizes have generously been donated by our event sponsor, Community Bank.

Traditional Boil Award: $500 and a large platter by Mandy Buchanan

Covfefe (add-ins) Award: $500 and a large platter by Mandy Buchanan

People’s Choice: $100 and small platter by Mandy Buchanan

Spirit/Decorations: $100 and small platter by Mandy Buchanan

4:00 p.m. — Event ends

7:30 p.m. — Official after party begins at Slowboat Brewing Co.  Holley Rumbarger kicks things off at 7:30, followed by Spencer Thomas of Young Valley.  As always, shows at Slowboat are open to all ages, and are pet friendly.  Please support LIVE music and LOCAL beer!

Tickets, t-shirts, and more!

For just $15 per person, you can taste as much crawfish crawfest crowdand fixins’ as your belly can handle.  For $30 per person, you’ll enjoy five pounds of crawfish from the Craw Daddy Shack, plus all the tastings from our teams. Children 12 and under eat free.  Upon entry, everyone will receive one ticket to vote for People’s Choice.  Please remember to vote for your FAVORITE crawfish!

For those who can’t or don’t eat crawfish, Chick-fil-a will be on-site with options for purchase.  We suggest bringing cash.  Checks will not be accepted as payment for entry.  However, if you forget or run out of cash, an ATM is located at 401 Central Ave. at the Laurel Welcome Center.

Please note:  Although we love our furry friends, we ask that you leave your pets at home.  Thank you!

Southern Beverage will be on-hand with your favorite Budweiser products and your hometown favorite, Slowboat Beer.  If you plan on purchasing or drinking beer at this event, please remember to bring your I.D. 

Be sure to stop by the Laurel Main Street concession trailer to purchase your Crawfest T-shirt!  Laurel Main Street will also be selling Coca-Cola products and water.

Kids’ Activities

Thanks to the generous donation of Leadership Jones County and Team “Fours of Nature” the Imagination Playground blocks will be available for kids to get creative and play all day!

Thank you to our incredible Sponsors and Producers!

Events like the Downtown Crawfest wouldn’t be possible without the support and backing of local businesses. These sponsorships help pay for the prizes, supplies and more. Their donations also help fund the Laurel Main Street Façade & Amenities grant and are directly responsible for the improvements you see in Downtown Laurel.  Additionally, this event will the benefit the Sertoma Club of Laurel whose mission is to enhance the lives of those who have speech or hearing impairments.

Lagniappe Sponsor

 

Boil Master Sponsors

Big Pincher Sponsor

Southern Beverage Company

Craw Daddy Sponsors

Coca Cola United| The Craw Daddy Shack | Mississippi Power

Mud Bug Sponsors

Woodland Realty | Endom Trailer | Caves & Caves, PLLC | Kim’s No Bull | Phillip’s Building Supply | Rent-All of Laurel

Event Producers

Suez Water | The City of Laurel | Lott Furniture Co. | The Pinehurst Rathskellar Art Gallery | Laurel Main Street | Sertoma of Laurel

Stage Sponsor

Transafe, LLC

Welcome Spring!

 

The downtown merchants have been busy dressing their windows and entryways with spring displays and Laurel Main Street wants to reward your efforts!  Because of the great success of our fall Scarecrow Harvest, we’re hosting a spring decorating contest.  To win, deck out your storefront with bunnies, blossoms, and butterflies — anything spring!  Your extra efforts and participation do not go unnoticed by those who pass by.  Let’s make our downtown as beautiful as possible for the premier of Home Town!

Our judges will start making their rounds at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st.  The best and most creative displays will be announced at the Home Town premier party that evening.  1st place winner will receive $100, 2nd place will receive $50, and 3rd place will receive $25.  You’ve got nothing to lose and cash to gain!