Yesterday I celebrated the crusty crustacean by going with a friend to the Lacombe Crab Festival. Lacombe is only 10 miles from my house, and I have never been there, so I said SURE! Besides, what doesn’t grab your attention about their advertising: “Do we have CRABS? Why sure we do!” They have boiled crabs, crab cakes, crab balls, crab beignets, soft shell po-boys, and more! There is entertainment, food, artwork, and carnival rides all set under majestic live oaks.
There was a small $5 entry fee, then you were greeted with live music and the smells of Cajun cooking! We first strolled around the small park to see how everything was set-up. The band stage was front and center, while the food/drink booths surrounded in a semi-circle. Behind all the food was the carnival! They had a circle rollercoaster, Dumbo flying cars, flying swings, rocking boat – you get the idea. As it was steaming hot outside, we first grabbed a cold beer, then stood around listening to the closing songs of the band Supercharger. They were pretty good! Once the band left the stage, we headed indoors to the arts and crafts.
We were met with the usual necklaces, fleur-de-lis jewelry, Saints and LSU accessories, nature painting, a skunk, an albino python, an alligator…oh wait?! Those aren’t normal??? Yeah…welcome to southern Louisiana, where skunks and alligators are pets!
Shortly thereafter, we headed back outside and were hit-up for CRAB RACING! I was game – totally excited! We paid $3 to pick out a crab, receive our paper plate bid card, and line up along the box to cheer on our lil’ crusty crustaceans! I picked crab #5 – because he was a lil’ fighter defending his corner of the box.
Wah-Wah. #5 did not win. Now, not to be sadistic, but we were hungry…so we were off to find some crab meat! And we had a smorgasboard! Round #1 – Crab meat quesadilla, crab beignets, and crab balls. Round #2 – Fried green tomatoes, crab cake, and ribbon-fries (or sweet potato chips). And we stuffed our faces while listening to the next live band The Chris LeBlanc Band!
Overall, it was a fun couple of hours just hanging out, listening to some live music, and eating some fantastic southern food!
What did your weekend look like?